Behind the blockades

French workers and students fight riot police outside the Sorbonne, 14 March 2006

Visiting workers and students in France immediately following the government's withdrawal of the deeply unpopular CPE employment law, Ed Goddard looks at the potential for building a better society the struggle showed.

The anti-CPE struggle continues in France

The withdrawal of the CPE was announced today. This is a victory for the protesters, however the government still has the ability to strongarm similar legislation through and has not withdrawn the other parts of the new law package.

National co-ordination in Lille calls for unlimited general strike

The National Coordination sets out a strategy for a week of actions against the CPE.

CPE protests: Blockades across France

Charlemagne High School, Paris, occupied 28 March

Brief reports of the road and rail blockades across the country last Thursday 28 March, and updates on the mushrooming high school occupations as 62% declare solidarity with the anti-CPE movement.

Occupations of high schools in the Pas de Calais region

Reports from the burgeoning lycee (high school) occupations movement against the CPE in and around Lille.

Anger boils over: Rioting in Lille, Tours, Paris and Rennes

Further disturbances have been reported in many towns and cities as mass anti-CPE demonstrations ended across France this evening.

Police say 35,000 protest in Lille

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Lille and across Brittany against the new CPE labour laws.

Youths riot in Paris as school students come out in force

Reports from across the country of yesterday's students' day of action against the CPE.

One million throng streets in towns across France

Around a million took to the streets today to join protests against the CPE.