Tag: France

Paris May Day demo 2022

A breakthrough for the French left?

The second round of France’s parliamentary elections saw the president lose his majority, a new left alliance becoming the second largest force, but also a worrying increase in far-right representation. Ian Birchall explains the background and looks at what may come next.  
Demonstrators holding a banner which reads ' Le Pen et Macron: le 3eme tour social c'est maintenant! - 'the social 3rd round starts now!'

Prospects for the left after the French election

The results of the first round of the French presidential election make for grim reading. Ian Birchall looks at some of the lessons of the election, and the future prospects for the left.

The union of women and the Paris Commune

An account of the Women's union of the Paris Commune, extracted from Mark Winter's forthcoming book 'Turbulent Women'
Illustration of Alain Krivine (1941-2022) by Manus McGrogan

‘He never gave up the fight’ – remembering Alain Krivine

Alain Krivine (1941-2022) was a life long revolutionary socialist known for his activism since the May 1968 student revolt and general strike in France. Manus McGrogan, who interviewed him, recounts Krivine's life and activism.
A portrait of Paris Communard Leo Frankel

Review | Léo Frankel, life of a Communard

Ian Birchall reviews a new French biography of Paris Commune member Léo Frankel.

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A ceramic portrait of Jules Vallès

The Paris Commune: the Cry of the People

Over the coming three months rs21 will use articles from the Commune's leading newspaper, Le Cri du Peuple to draw out the history of the Paris Commune.
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France’s authoritarian turn: Islamophobia and the security state

Macron has backtracked after hundreds of thousands of people protested against the Comprehensive Security Law that would ban filming police officers.
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Unearthing hidden histories: an interview with Ian Birchall

An interview with socialist historian Ian Birchall. Ian's work has has involved researching and reevaluating lesser-known revolutionaries and activists from the Global South.

Paris: A historic day against police violence and state racism

50,000 people took to the streets in Paris on Tuesday 2 June, only two days after 10,000 undocumented migrants had protested against the immigration system.