The French government's labour reforms will scrap the 35 hour week and strip workers of protection from arbitrary dismissal. Activists have been opposing the proposed changes since the start of March, in a series of huge protests across the nation. Frédéric Lordon, author of Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire, addressed yesterday's rally in the Place de la République at the largest protest so far.
The recent gains of the Front National in France's regional elections may not represent 'fascism' in its classic form, but is a catastrophe none-the-less. Stathis Kouvelakis argues that such revivals of reactionary populism and the accompanying hardening authoritarianism of 'liberal democracies' shines a daming light on a 'radical Left' that is fragmented, weak, and bereft of any true counter-hegemonic project. Translated from the French by David Broder.