[Marxism] France: Huge march blasts austerity, demands democratic renewal

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon May 13 04:07:47 MDT 2013

Dick Nichols

The largest left protest ever against the policies of a French Socialist
Party (PS) government took place in Paris on May 5. To the stirring sounds
of the protest anthem “On Lache Rien” (“We Don’t Give In”), up to 180,000
workers, pensioners, unemployed and students marched from the Bastille to
Place de la Nation.

They were demanding an end to economic austerity and for a democratic Sixth
Republic that would overturn the present Fifth Republic dominated by
corrupt and entrenched financial and political elites. The symbol of the
march was the kitchen broom, utensil for the “clean sweep of this
insufferable political atmosphere” called for by Left Front leader and last
year's presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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