[Marxism] France: Left Front debates ‘uniting the people’ vs ‘uniting the left’

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 22:00:39 MDT 2014

About 200 activists from France’s Left Front gathered in Paris on Saturday
6 to discuss the group’s future. The Left Front’s future has been in limbo
over the past few months after disagreements about strategy led to a weak
performance in the European and local council elections in May.

The meeting took place at a time of controversy in French politics.
Socialist Party (PS) President Fancois Hollande had sacked the cabinet and
appointed a new one — the second time since the start of the year — and the
far-right National Front (FN) topped the presidential polls for the first

On top of this, Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the Left Party that is
one of main groups in the Left Front, stood down as Left Front
co-president. Melenchon announced he would soon launch a new Movement for a
Sixth Republic.


“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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