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Understanding France’s General Strike in the Context of the Yellow Vests and Global Class Warfare

Labor and capital are at loggerheads in France. As the open-ended strike launched on December 5th against a neoliberal overhaul of the pension system continues to expand, the Macron regime has dug in its heels to defend the advantages this so-called reform would have for the wealthy (even though it has recently been forced to present what it considers to be a “compromise” to the union leadership). In order to fully understand the nature and importance of this battle, it needs to be situated in relation to the recent history of the Yellow Vests movement as well as the global context of contemporary class warfare.

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The Significance of the #GiletsJaunes

Gabriel Rockhill on the significance of the Gilets Jaunes movement. This piece is part of the “One Question” series on the “Gilets Jaunes” movement in State of Nature.

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The Failure of the French Intelligentsia? Intellectuals and Uprisings in the Case of the #YellowVests


This article was written within the framework of the RED collective and benefitted from our collaborative research and writing process. A special thanks to Rahman Bouzari for his assistance with references.

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