Note: If you want to get an accurate snapshot of the class struggle in France against austerity and attacks on the social wage, The Militant is the best place to start.
A couple of notes:
*The battles and victories are massive, but partial and defensive. Workers and farmers of France need their own party to chart a road of independent working class political action to a workers and farmers gov't. (The "left of the left" caves to bourgeois tailism and national chauvinism every time the LePen scarecrow is raised.)
*The French ruling class has tried bourgeois politicians of every political party persuasion to achieve austerity. Socialist or not doesn't matter. The toilers have opposed them all. But again, without their own class party.
12 January 2020
December 18, 1995
France: 700,000 Rally Against Gov't Austerity Students Join Striking Workers In Mass Actions
January 8, 1996
France: Workers Deal Blow To Juppé Austerity Plan
Union, Student Mobilizations Show Power Of United Action
June 23, 1997
Workers Reject Austerity In French Elections
January 29, 2001
Unions in France reject rise in age of retirement
May 20, 2002
What lessons should working people draw
from the elections in France?
(front page editorial)
....The roots of the crisis facing the capitalist and social democratic parties lie in the inability of the superwealthy ruling class in France to break the resistance of workers to the effects of the world capitalist economic crisis. This includes worsening conditions on the job, anti-immigrant assaults, persistently high unemployment, attempts to erode retirement benefits, and austerity measures aimed at education and health care....
June 9, 2003
France: workers protest attacks on pensions
November 15, 2010
French gov't passes retirement age hike
Workers anticipate more attacks
December 23, 2019
French protests say 'Hands off our pensions'!