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Antikolos



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Students and Workers march in Paris. Reply with quote

I just read this article on the main BreakforNews page and was kinda suprised when they said Workers AND Students. When do they EVER march together?

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Opposition Socialist and Communist politicians also joined the protest, only the third time in almost four decades -- after 1968 and 1994 -- that students and workers marched together.


Socialist and Communist? That's what you call a protest. I mean who else is left in the country? Hehe.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:03 pm    Post subject: Ssssshh! Don't Mention the Revolution. Reply with quote

Ssssshh! Don't Mention the Revolution.
God forbid the peasants in the US or the UK should get wind of the revolt.
They might actually WAKE THE *UCK UP and DO something!


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UK & US coverage of French revolt “reserved” say Liberation

http://libcom.org 18 March, 2006

French paper Liberation reviews international coverage of the French CPE crisis:

From the New York Times to the London Times, Fridays Anglo-Saxon press is very reserved in its coverage of the anti-CPE revolt in the streets of Paris and elsewhere.

Students, CRS, banners and rioting - all the stereotypes of the French demonstration are expressed. “The French in the street, but its not 68″ says the headline of New York Times. The article explains why, some 38 years after the revolutionary spring of May 68, the young people of 2006 are no longer soft idealists dreaming to change the world.

“The objective of the students this time is much more modest”, writes their correspondent in France. And it quotes a trade-union official from UNEF (student union): “Our revolt is not to obtain more. But to keep what we have.”

The Financial Times adopts a more political angle and sees concern for Domenique de Villepin. “the assertion of Mr. de Villepin, who insists that that the CPE will be helpful, is crushed more and more by an increasing opposition of the young unemployed of the poor suburbs” note the journalists of the FT.

“Interviewed this week by the Financial Times, the young disenchanted people of the Clichy-sous-bois suburb of Paris, are practically all opposed to the contract. Many stress that they will refuse to a job with the new contract” continues the paper.

“The French students return to the street” says the Times, with the photograph to support. The correspondent of the London daily newspaper in Paris lengthily analyzes the political awkwardnesses of the French Prime Minister. In his blog, Charles Bremner dares a parallel with the storming of the Bastille. The Guardian finds that the quarrel between students and trade unions dissatisfied on one side, and the government on the other, is of an importance such as to pose deep questions that go beyond the borders of France. “Because of its tendency to polarize and dramatize politics, France always had the capacity to show the rest of the world the really significant questions”.

http://libcom.org/blog/uk-us-coverage-of-french-revolt-reserved-say-liberation/03/18/2006






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Fintan
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Strike? Reply with quote

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General Strike in France next week?

We’ve had reports that a general strike is being organised for next week. The Herald News Daily reported that

“If they don‘t listen to us we are going to have to think about moving to a general strike across the whole country,” said Bernard Thibault, head of the Confederation of General Workers union, one of France‘s largest… “I‘m optimistic … that the government will finally take notice of the situation they‘ve created for themselves,” he said on France 3 television.

http://libcom.org/blog/general-strike-in-france-next-week/03/18/2006
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:15 pm    Post subject: Photos Reply with quote

P H O T O S
http://thibautcho.free.fr/
http://paris.indymedia.org/
http://www.libcom.org/gallery/v/






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Jerry Fletcher



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Students, CRS, banners and rioting - all the stereotypes of the French demonstration are expressed. “The French in the street, but its not 68? says the headline of New York Times. The article explains why, some 38 years after the revolutionary spring of May 68, the young people of 2006 are no longer soft idealists dreaming to change the world.

“The objective of the students this time is much more modest”, writes their correspondent in France. And it quotes a trade-union official from UNEF (student union): “Our revolt is not to obtain more. But to keep what we have.”


What are they revolting about? Who are they rebelling against exactly? I can't seem to get a bead on what the actual issue is. What that they already have is being taken away? And why the constant comparisons to 1968?

Something in the coverage of this issue smells very strange.

Where can I find a detailed description of the students' actual beef?
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Paulo_Freire



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: The French Revolution Reply with quote

Jerry Fletcher asked, "What are they revolting about? Who are they rebelling against exactly? I can't seem to get a bead on what the actual issue is. What that they already have is being taken away? And why the constant comparisons to 1968?"

It looks like the French government wants to give businesses the right to fire workers at will, something us Yanks know about. Our only protection here is that if we didn't do anything wrong to get fired, we can collect unemployment insurance.

I'm not sure about 1968, but I am guessing there was some kind of historical protest then. I've always been impressed by the French students and workers standing up for their rights. Here in America the students seem more concerned about the right to drink alcohol. Of course, that might be the psy-op in America to hide real dissent from the masses a la Orwell.
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Antikolos



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this was the site i took my quote from:

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-03-18T154943Z_01_L17342207_RTRUKOC_0_US-FRANCE.xml&archived=False

Paulo your hitting the nail on the head with the alchohol, on my campus, I honestly found 2 people in almost 2 YEARS of college life who don't drink. Even where I work, a solid majority does drink, just to do it.

But back to the topic on hand, I think these revolts in France are an omen for the rest of us in the world, you see how much it takes to just change one piece of pending legislation? What about changing a government or removing a dictator? Think about that one.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:11 pm    Post subject: No Anglo Saxon Economic Model Reply with quote

Here's their beef: "We don't want the Anglo-Saxon economic model here."
Now, if you put that together with the rejection of the EU Constitution due
to concerns about the economic consequences. It adds up to a rejection
of the whole globalizing, immigrant-enhanced union-busting, scheme.
No Anglo Saxon Economic Model. Precisely.


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Student protests over 'Anglo-Saxon' job laws

By Colin Randall, Paris - The Age.com.au Reuters March 16, 2006

THOUSANDS of students marched through Paris and blockaded universities across France as their revolt against the Government over a controversial new youth employment law intensified.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has staked his reputation, and possibly his job, on a measure that aims to cut rampant youth unemployment with two-year contracts that enable employers to sidestep rigid French labour laws and fire young workers without reason.

It has provoked violent protests and on Tuesday, riot police were on standby in the capital.

"This is not 1968 all over again," said a Sorbonne University student, referring to the tumultuous Paris spring riots. Elodie, 21, a sociology student, said: "The issues are different from those our parents were protesting about. We are marching for the right to proper jobs."

Romain, 20, a communications student, said: "We don't want the Anglo-Saxon economic model here. The protests will be kept up as long as necessary but we are not trying to bring down the Government, just to get them to withdraw this bad law."

http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/student-protests-over-anglosaxon-job-laws/2006/03/15/1142098528954.html
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Jerry Fletcher



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: No Anglo Saxon Economic Model Reply with quote

Fintan wrote:
Here's their beef: "We don't want the Anglo-Saxon economic model here."
Now, if you put that together with the rejection of the EU Constitution due
to concerns about the economic consequences. It adds up to a rejection
of the whole globalizing, immigrant-enhanced union-busting, scheme.
No Anglo Saxon Economic Model. Precisely.



Thanks.
Wow.
That's some good beef.
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Janama



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Australia we are going through similar worker reform with the introduction of our new Industrial Relations Laws which is a move away from the Union representation system to signed individual contracts as per the US system.

Fortunately our opposition Labour Party (union based) has already said they would tear it up if elected.

cheers
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atlien



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is happening in France is exciting to hear about.
Here in Atlanta/GA/US a movement of that intensity is needed. Wages and standard of living are lowest in the southern US. Always has been.

In order to have something approaching the level of what is happening in Paris whatever it is that is passing for the Left in the southern US will have to address race and confront/be honest about white privilege. The demographic composition of southern urban centers make this component of our work a necessity.

Right now it's only happening in very isolated sectors and not yet challenging the establishment divide and conquer strategy.

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Antikolos



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the major reason the French riots are so huge and unwavering is that, the issue at hand can be resisted upon by a large amount of people who share the same belief, regardless of color, race, religion, or sex. That CPE effects anyone under 26 looking for a job. It doesn't matter who you are.
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