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18.02.2020

France. Researchers stand against the commodification of knowledge

France. Researchers stand against the commodification of knowledge

“We need an ambitious, unequal law – yes, unequal, a virtuous and Darwinian law, which encourages the world’s best scientists, teams, laboratories and establishments, a law that harnesses efforts.” These were the controversial words of Antoine Petit, mathematician and director of the CNRS, on November 26, 2019, on the occasion… »

08.02.2020

Macron proposes European role for French nuclear weapons, won’t meet with Hiroshima Survivor

Macron proposes European role for French nuclear weapons, won’t meet with Hiroshima Survivor

In a speech outlining his vision for France’s nuclear deterrence strategy, President Macron touted the role of nuclear weapons in European security policy and dismissed calls for their global abolition as an ‘ethical debate’ that lacked ‘realism in the strategic context.’ Meanwhile, Elysee has yet to respond to an invitation to… »

09.12.2019

France: In defence of a dignified retirement

France: In defence of a dignified retirement

Text and photos: Josefina Dowbor-Muśnicka One year after the peak of the Yellow Vests, the French decided to go to the streets and make themselves heard. This Thursday, December 5, France experienced the beginning of an unlimited interprofessional strike. According to the CGT union, 1.5 million people demonstrated against the… »

27.06.2019

Grassroots groups beat the French state in court

Grassroots groups  beat the French state in court

A group of associations took the French state to court over its failure to provide basic services for refugees in Dunkirk and won,  the group Help Refugees  announces in its Facebook page. As a result of months of work from La Cimade, the Human Rights Observer Team, … »

11.06.2019

​In France’s National Assembly: a Referendum Bill for abolishing nuclear and radioactive weapons

​In France’s National Assembly: a Referendum Bill for abolishing nuclear and radioactive weapons

​On 5 June 2019, a bill for a “shared-initiative” referendum was presented at the National Assembly in Paris. Its aim is for French citizens to have a say on France’s participation in the abolition of nuclear and radioactive weapons. The first three speakers were MPs speaking on behalf of the… »

01.02.2019

At two minutes to midnight, the French parliament considers a Bill proposing a referendum to abolish nuclear and radioactive weapons

At two minutes to midnight, the French parliament considers a Bill proposing a referendum to abolish nuclear and radioactive weapons

On 23 January 2019 in Chicago, atomic scientists in charge of the “Doomsday Clock” decided to keep the minute hand of this big symbolic timepiece in the same place as they put it in January 2018: at two minutes away from a nuclear catastrophe that threatens to annihilate humanity –… »

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… »

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