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- Presidential Elections In France Defy Polls;
Rightist Candidates Make Gains
- By Jean-Louis Salfati, The Militant, 15 May
1995. In a presidential election marked by the economic
crisis in France and the beginnings of working-class
resistance, Socialist Jospin came out ahead in the first
round. Paris mayor Chirac, one of the two candidates of the
Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR), the principal
capitalist party, came in second.
- Protests mount as France conducts second nuke
- By Jim Genova, People's Weekly World, 7
October 1995. On Oct. 1 France conducted the second of eight
planned nuclear tests in Polynesia, despite continued and
increasing international protests against the tests.
- Clashes Erupt After French Anti-Le Pen
- Reuter, 9 December 1995. Demonstrators protesting against
French extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen clashed with
police in the Alpine city of Grenoble. Earlier, a crowd
estimated by police at 13,000 people marched through
Grenoble in a protest against the growing strength of the
National Front in France.
- On the Death of Mitterrand
- By Olu Sarr, Weekly Press Review, 24 January
1996. In death, Mr. Francois Mitterrand looms large to many
but to others his political image remains forever tarnished
and the French-language African media reflected these
- French government uses elections to widen
assault on working class
- The Organizer, May 1997. The Organizer
interview with the national secretary of the Workers Party
in France about the meaning of the elections and their
relation to France's efforts to meet the terms and
conditions set forth by the Maastricht Treaty.
- French Elections
- By Lester S., 27 May 1997. Prime Minister Alain Juppe
announced plans to step down. Neofeudalist Juppe attempted
to institute policies which would have Americanized the
- Impact of Left Victory on Privatizations
- By Nathalie Bensahel, Agnes Laurent, and Edourad Launet,
Paris Liberation, 28 May 1997. The employees of
Renault Vilvoorde [Belgium] find their fate is to be
reconsidered. The incredible soap-opera of Thomson's
privatization suddenly comes to an end, with a number of
consequences for the fate of Dassault and Aerospatiale. Air
France's thorny file is reopened.
- French Unions want a 10 per cent minimum wage
- By Adam Sage, The Times, 10 June 1997. Prime
Minister Jospin came under pressure from his Communist
allies to raise the minimum wage and shelve plans to
modernise the financially troubled state transport
sector. The difficulties facing M Jospin as he tries to find
a path between the conflicting demands of French labour and
his European partners.
- France shows way with childcare
- By Alexandra Fean, London Times, 13 June
1997. In France childcare is free and there is a long and
accepted tradition of early childhood education in the
- Socialists in U-turn over £5bn sale of
- By Susannah Herbert, The Daily Telegraph, 27
June 1997. France's Left-wing government plans to sell
almost half of France Telecom this autumn, backtracking on
an election promise to halt privatisations.
- French Premier Finds Honeymoon in
- By Craig R. Whitney, New York Times, 3 July
1997. Elected only a month ago, Jospin is not only being
taken to task by his opponents for not trying harder to cut
the government deficit so that France can join in a common
European currency, but also by his supporters for not doing
more about jobs.
- French Premier proposes cutting
- By Roger Cohen, New York Times, 11 October
1997. Facing an abrupt rise in interest rates that could
slow the economy, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on
Friday proposed a law to cut the French workweek to 35 hours
from 39 hours as a means to create jobs.