Paris

Yes the present hour is very severe at least

May Day 2013 leaflet by Groupe Express-Roularta, Paris.

Women in the cleaning sector and hotel-restaurant industry: syndicalist conversations

The purpose of these interviews is to provide an insight into the situation and the struggles of female workers in the cleaning sector and the hotel-restaurant industry. To this end, we have met cleaning and catering trade union members of the CNT-Solidarité Ouvrière in the Paris region.

Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell

Tramping memoirs from Orwell, where he worked in Paris as a dishwasher and then travelled around London, going from one bedsit to another.

Grassroots political militants: Banlieusards and politics

French cities burst back into flames after President Sarkozy’s election on a ‘clean the scum off the streets with a high-pressure hose’ ticket. It won't be the last time, as long as the factors necessitating the mass revolt of November 2005 remain in place, in France and elsewhere. This text, based on Emilio Quadrelli's interviews in the Paris banlieues during and after the 2005 events, overthrows the whole spectrum of slurs against the racialised, pathologised racaille. The myth of an all-boy riot is trashed by female combatant leaders, and leftist commonplaces incur special scorn, above all those about the inarticulate cry for help of the ‘socially excluded’.

Antifa - Chasseurs de skins

Documentary about the rise of neo-nazi skinhead culture in 1980s Paris and how they were countered by a militant, multicultural underground movement. Contains interviews with participants recounting the subcultures and the street fights which made up their lives at the time.

The occupation of the factories: Paris 1936, Flint 1937

Striking workers, Paris, 1936.

Interesting article comparing two waves of factory occupations that took place little more than six months apart and fundamentally changed boss-worker relations in their countries.

A political revolution for women? The case of Paris - Darline Gay Levy and Harriet B. Applewhite

Women' s March to Versailles during the French Revolution

The women's march to Versailles capped months of women's political involvement during the French Revolution - in Paris neighbourhoods, electoral assemblies, the conquest of the Bastille and in several dozen processions with the newly formed national guard. Thousands of marching women empowered themselves as citizens as they confronted and helped to abolish the monarchy - and then continued to confront the new authorities.

A workers' cooperative during the Paris Commune - Robert Tombs

Article about a workers' co-op during the Paris commune uprising. We need to learn from the limitations of the Paris Commune as well as its achievements.

Paris 68 posters

Image gallery of dozens of posters from the uprising which began in May 1968 in Paris, with English translations. Most of these posters were created by a collective of radical artists based at the occupied art school dubbed the "Atelier Populaire" ("popular workshop").

France - The Hot Autumn Continues

"Les Miserables" fight back: fun and looting in Lyon

Two leaflets about recent events. More detail will follow later.