Category Archives: France

ANALYSIS: French-Italian scramble over Libya fuels Haftar’s offensive

by Areeb Ullah
Published date: 8 April 2019

A diplomatic feud between Italy and France over Libya has divided Europe’s response to Khalifa Haftar’s latest attempt to take control of the country and will only encourage further fighting, analysts say.

Emmanuel Macron et Notre-Dame : une décision, une ânerie

Il ne se passe donc pas une journée depuis l’incendie de Notre-Dame-de Paris sans que le Président de la République et son gouvernement ne nous gratifient d’annonces toutes plus absurdes ou scandaleuses les unes que les autres.

Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris devastated by fire

by Alex Lantier

On Monday evening, an intense fire devastated Notre-Dame cathedral, the most frequently visited monument in Paris, with 14 million annual visitors. The fire that broke out at about 6:50 p.m. (local time) in the wooden frame of the roof of the cathedral brought down the spire approximately one hour later, and then totally destroyed the roof. A tall column of thick, yellowish smoke that poured out of the cathedral, consumed by the flames, cast a pall over the city.

France | Rwanda 1994 : Macron repousse encore la reconnaissance de l’implication française dans le génocide

Ce dimanche le Président français n’est pas intervenu pour reconnaître les responsabilités françaises dans le génocide des Tutsis du Rwanda, se contentant d’annoncer que le 7 avril serait désormais « une journée de commémoration » de ce génocide. Malgré l’ensemble des informations accumulées sur le sujet depuis 25 ans, il choisit d’attendre encore, en créant une commission d’historiens. Du point de vue de l’accès aux archives, celle-ci représente un recul par rapport à l’ouverture des archives promise par son prédécesseur, François Hollande. Elle donne également aux historiens un avantage sur les juges qui devraient être les premiers à en bénéficier. A Paris, des militants de Survie Paris ont rappelé cette complicité de la France avec les extrémistes hutus, par une action symbolique place de la République.

France | France: For the Political Independence of the Working Class

by François Forgue

The capitalist order in France is in deep crisis. The Macron presidency and government resulted from that crisis, which they have been unable to overcome. Macron himself acknowledged this when he said that he came to power “as the result of a break-in”. He was in fact elected President by just 18 per cent or so of registered voters, after the political parties which were directly responsible for the situation created in recent years – the Socialist Party in particular – were rejected by the voters, and after the traditional right wing blew apart. Macron was only elected thanks to the call to vote for him issued by the whole of “the left”, citing the need to block the National Front and its candidate, Marine Le Pen. It is amusing to note that several of those who today have no problem calling for demonstrations which the National Rally – led by Marine Le Pen – also approves, were the strongest proponents of a vote for Macron at the time of the 2017 election.