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09.01.2019

From Demonstration Effect to Revolution?

From Demonstration Effect to Revolution?

For the past eight weeks, the people of France have been mobilizing every Saturday in demonstrations in small and large cities throughout the country, and in smaller groups at roundabouts and tollgates, from where they’re making their grievances and demands heard and beginning to develop different types of actions. Something… »

06.12.2018

Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes): where Democracy is on the march! [1/2]

Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes): where Democracy is on the march! [1/2]

Text and photos by Mauricio Alvarez. The Yellow Vests movement is growing more and more. A few days before a fourth major day of demonstrations, scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018, actions are multiplying all over France: roadblocks, blockades of petrol stations, “toll-free” operations, and so on. Despite the government’s… »

04.12.2018

Yellow vests: risk or opportunity?

Yellow vests: risk or opportunity?

In recent weeks, France has witnessed an unprecedented mobilization in the country’s recent history. Thousands of people in many parts of the territory are expressing their anger at the measures put in place by Emmanuel Macron’s government. At the dawn of a new call for yellow vests to be demonstrated,… »

29.11.2018

Gilets jaunes: why the French working poor are demanding Emmanuel Macron’s resignation

Gilets jaunes: why the French working poor are demanding Emmanuel Macron’s resignation

Oliver Davis, University of Warwick Over the last month, France has witnessed the sudden emergence of a militant populist movement which enjoys strong support from the wider population. The “gilets jaunes” are named after those yellow hi-vis vests which French law requires drivers to carry in their… »

27.09.2018

France: Aid Worker Convicted for Tweet

France: Aid Worker Convicted for Tweet

A humanitarian worker’s defamation conviction on September 25, 2018, for an ironic tweet represents a dangerous escalation in official harassment of groups providing crucial aid to migrants, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the first conviction of its kind in France. A court in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, found … »

14.04.2018

Cui bono in Syria’s missile attack?

Cui bono in Syria’s missile attack?

Cui bono?, literally “to whom is it a benefit?”, is a Latin phrase related to the identification of crime suspects, expressing a utilitarian view that the perpetrator of a crime may be found among those who have something to gain, chiefly with an eye toward financial gain. The party which… »

31.01.2018

French electricity company proposes to close nuclear reactors from 2029

French electricity company proposes to close nuclear reactors from 2029

The French electricity generation and distribution company, EDF, today proposed the closure of several nuclear power plants from 2029 onwards as part of a new long-term energy strategy. Speaking to journalists, Philippe Sasseigne, head of the company’s nuclear division, defended the relevance of shutting down several reactors by that date,… »

19.06.2017

Macron: absolute majority in France with 60% abstention

Macron: absolute majority in France with 60% abstention

The second round of the French legislative elections seemed like a given. Everything indicated that Emmanuel Macron, the new president would obtain the backing of an overwhelming majority in parliament. 361 deputies out of 577 gives him a very large majority, although less than predicted. This consolidates the neoliberal and… »

05.05.2017

Arms racing and the NPT : modernisation of nuclear weapon systems

Arms racing and the NPT : modernisation of nuclear weapon systems

Another cycle of conferences started this week in Vienna to culminate in a conference to review the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2020.  States Parties and civil-society organisations have exchanged views in the general debate and in a number of side events. Many nations with nuclear weapons, and those… »

18.04.2017

France’s Left Candidate Surges in Polls Ahead of Presidential Election

France’s Left Candidate Surges in Polls Ahead of Presidential Election

France’s left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has been compared to Bernie Sanders, is surging in the polls. A recent poll shows him polling a close third behind the two front-running candidates, far-right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen and former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron. Marine Le Pen has promised to suspend… »

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