A government bid to cut back pensions has pitched France into its longest strike in decades. But as one railworker organizer tells Jacobin, the dispute is about more than retirement insurance — it’s about stopping Emmanuel Macron’s whole agenda.
Clément Petitjean has a PhD in sociology and teaches political science at Versailles Saint-Quentin University.
The transformation of community organizing into a “profession” is a barrier to radical political change.
France’s failure to criminalize recent protests is revealing fault lines in the government’s highest offices.
Many thought the Parti de gauche would reinvigorate the French left. Why has the effort failed?