French Popular Uprising: Revolution or Frozen Conflict?

17 January 2020 — Consortium News

This conflict is essentially over policies that put the avaricious demands of financial markets ahead of the needs of the people, writes Diana Johnstone.

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Striking ballet dancers perform at the entrance to the Opera Garnier in Paris, Dec. 24, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)

By Diana Johnstone
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

The people are angry with their government.  Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special?  Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes – or if not, can at least help clarify the issues in contemporary social conflicts.

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France News Links 11-18 January 2020

18 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Patrick Armstrong on the Russian Reshuffle
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/18/patrick-armstrong-on-the-russian-reshuffle/

Are France’s unions even trying to win the General Strike?
http://thesaker.is/are-frances-unions-even-trying-to-win-the-general-strike/

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A news chronology of France in 2019: The year of Yellow Vest rebellion

24 December, 2019 — Greanville Post

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This is part of a series of dispatches by correspondent Ramin Mazaheri


One of the Gilets’s strengths has been their relative decentralisation, but taking on a well armed and organised state requires far more coordination. Spontaneity can go only so far. (TGP screengrab)

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US Finally Bombs French Factory in Syria Infamous for Funding ISIS

17 October 2019 — Land Destroyer

(Tony Cartalucci – LD) – As spectacular and indicative of America’s sinking fortunes in Syria as its bombing of its own military base in northern Syria was – it is also an indicator of something else much more sinister.

CNN in its article, “US conducts airstrike on weapons storage site as troops pull out of Syria,” notes that (emphasis added):

“On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility’s military usefulness,” US Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

And indeed the airstrike eliminated the facility’s military usefulness once and for all.
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Edward Snowden: Would he like to live and die in Paris?

17 September 2019 — InfoRos

US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has decided to seek asylum in France

By Sergey Sayenko, international observer

Would he like to live and die in Paris?

September 17 will see private international publishing company Macmillan Publishers Ltd release a book by former employee of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden. Memoirs by the ex-NSA agent titled “Permanent Record” will hit the shelves in twenty countries, including the United States which he escaped more than six years ago.

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Hospital workers strike spreads throughout France By Anthony Torres

15 August 2019 — WSWS

The strike by French hospital workers against the Macron administration’s healthcare legislation, which came into force in March, is spreading throughout the country. Of the 478 emergency services in the country, 216 are now involved in the movement that began in March and involved 80 hospitals by June.

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French intelligence strategy document warns of “insurrectional violence” By Will Morrow

19 July 2019 — WSWS

The French national intelligence and counterterrorism organization quietly released the first update to its five-year public strategy document on Monday. The report—which was uploaded to a ministerial website and not accompanied by any presidential press release—states that the role of France’s counterterrorism agencies is to fight “subversive movements” and the threat of “insurrectional violence” in the population.

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Tired of Being Ignored, Refugees in Calais Are Learning to Do Their Own Press

7 July 2019 — Novara Media

On a sunny afternoon in June, thirty people from Sudan, Iran and Ethiopia gathered in the quiet back room of a local day centre near the port of Calais in northern France. One man volunteered to translate from English to Arabic so everybody present could understand, as a coach explained how to take control and set the agenda when speaking to journalists.

Life After a French Revolution: What Next for the Protest Camp That Won? by Greg Frey

30 May 2019 — Novara Media

Two things are clear when entering France’s infamous Zone to Defend, or Zad: this is a reclaimed space and a divided territory.

The handmade cabins, the welcome messages scribbled over road signs and the empty tear gas canisters littering the fields show how these 4,000 acres have been salvaged from the states’ plans to turn them into an airport. Under this central struggle another one lurks. The defaced map of the zone and the spray-painted message ‘Zad for Sale’ on the lighthouse, show how the end of the airport project has divided the Zad’s inhabitants. When I asked a long-term inhabitant, he described this as the latest feature of the zone’s ongoing “civil war”.

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China – and Macron’s U-Turn By Peter Koenig

1 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing China for attempting to undermine Europe with new trade individual country deals under the pretext of BRI. However, Italy, also scolded by Brussels for her single-handed deals with China, was, in fact, the first G7 country for signing a number of contracts with China to use Italian ports under the BRI, making Italy also the first official EU partner of China’s BRI.

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