Jacques Chirac

Announcements to be made Monday as the right seek to end crisis

The government should outline an exit with the crisis of the CPE tomorrow (Monday).

At 9am CET, after a private conversation between the President and his Prime Minister, a meeting will be held at Chirac's official residence, the Elysée.

Poll: Villepin and Chirac share loss of face as CPE reinforces trade unions

Villepin and Chirac

According to a poll it is the high school and university trade unions who have been most "reinforced" by the CPE crisis, say to 67% of the French public.

The survey, by pollsters CSA for Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France and i-TELE, says that over 80% of the French now judge that the Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (86%) and President Jacques Chirac (85%) have been "weakened" by the CPE crisis. Only 9% of the questioned people said that Villepin had been "reinforced", and 4% could not decide.

1 April: Latest CPE protest news

Caen motorway blockade

Updates from the CPE struggle in France, including a motorway blockade in Caen, demonstrations in Paris, new photos and more.

-Photos just in of a road blockade of the 'periph' (periphery in Caen, from Thursday 30th March. The blockade was eventually cleared by CRS riot police using water cannons and tear gas, and is represented here in 70 photos of the events.

New eyewitness accounts

Report from demonstrations in Bordeaux

An eyewitness account from Bordeaux, where our correspondent Jay Taylor saw spontaneous marches through the streets after Chirac's speech last night.

On friday afternoon there were small groups of students roaming around town with loud hailers, handing out flyers asking people to attend the demonstration on Tuesday the 4th. Holding up placards at intersections asking people to hoot if they are against the CPE and CNE.

Chirac CPE speech in full

Chirac delivering his CPE speech

libcom.org presents a translation of President Jacques Chirac's CPE speech in full.

My dear compatriots,

For several weeks serious questions, fears and criticisms have been raised about the CPE. Many young people have expressed their disquiet, their need for stability and security, but also their desire to take a full part in our society. Feelings that many among you share.

Spontaneous demonstrations against Chirac

People gather at the Place de la Bastille

Several thousand people took part in demonstrations in Paris to protest against the promulgation of the CPE.

The CPE (First Employment Contract) was announced earlier today by President Jacques Chirac, the principal target of the demonstrators.

Chirac speaks as students gather across France

Chirac addresses nation

Latest news on President Jacques Chirac's speech to the nation on the CPE, and responses to it.


Update: A full text of the speech has been translated here.

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Force Ouvrier have said that the five main trade unions shall meet again on April 5th, after the day of strikes and protests on April 4th.

31 March: Summary of today's events

Today's latest developments in the struggle against the new French employment law the CPE.

-Socialist MP François Holland warns Jacques Chirac that in his broadcast tonight, sticking with the CPE would open "a major crisis"

-"the fever mounts" writes Le Parisian after yesterdays day of blockings by high-school pupils, and the constitutional Council Decision to validate the CPE

Constitutional Council approves legality of CPE - Chirac to address nation

Palais Royal

The Conseil Constitionnel has deemed the CPE to be constitutionally legal tonight. The President, Jacques Chirac, will now to speak to the nation.

To be broadcast at 8pm French time tomorrow night, it will go out on all channels.

Chirac, Sarkozy and Villepin to present united front

Rough translation of reports at lemonde.fr.

Domenica de Villepin, Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy are from now on like mountaineering comrades. If one is to fall, the two others risk the same fall or, at least, of serious wounds.