[Marxism] Islamophobia on the rise in France

Greg Dunkel gdunkel at mindspring.com
Sun Nov 5 12:22:10 MST 2006


While Le Pen and the fascist right in France still have a great deal of 
influence  -- and the subterranean support his movement gets from 
Sarkozy and Chirac makes its existence even more significant, there is 
still significant developments in the movement that protested and 
demonstrated last year.

I wrote an article in the most recent issue of Workers World on it:

Here is the URL:

http://www.workers.org/2006/world/france-1109/

and some excerpts:

Youth of France: still angry, still protesting
By G. Dunkel
Published Nov 4, 2006 10:45 PM

The youth in the working-class suburbs of France made their anger felt 
last year after Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré were electrocuted trying to 
escape the cops in Clichy-sous-Bois. Thousands protested night after 
night for nearly two months.

...

Most of the protesters were the sons and daughters, or grandsons and 
granddaughters, of immigrants from former French colonies in Africa, 
although they themselves were born in France. Just over half arrested 
last year had never been arrested before.

The protests shook the foundations of the French state and exposed its 
pretensions to equality and social justice. The prime minister at the 
time was fired, and a new government, promising major changes, took office.

To prepare for the anniversary of the protests, the Association for 
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Together United (ACLEFEU, which is French 
slang for “Enough Burning”), based in Clichy-sous-Bois, spent the summer 
visiting 120 French cities and towns and collected 20,000 grievances. 
Last year, the complaint that the bourgeois media and parties lodged 
against the protests was that they had no concrete demands.

...

This is in response to the posting from

Dbachmozart at aol.com wrote:
>  
> France: Le Pen Surprises 
> NY Times
> By ARIANE BERNARD
> Published: November 4, 2006
>  
>




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