SNCF Worker Strike Enters Second Week

Railway workers of SNCF, the French National Railway Company, continue to strike this Wednesday, July 18, with a participation rate of 11.8%. Entering its eighth day, the strike has become the longest since 2010. Lasting for over a week, the strike has affected millions of travelers, including high school students who need to take trains […]

Defense Company’s Cuts to Affect French Employment

Earlier this month, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) unveiled plans to cut 5,800 jobs in several European countries – Germany, France, England and Spain. The cuts come just one year after a merger of EADS and BAE Systems, a British defense company, fell through due to opposition in Germany. At a time […]

Titan International Looks to Rescue Amiens Goodyear Plant

Earlier this week, Titan International made an offer of partial reestablishment of the Goodyear site in Amiens Nord. The plan would revive agricultural tire production, bringing 333 employees back to work for the next year. Belonging to Goodyear France, a subsidiary of U.S. firm Goodyear, this site was condemned to close in January following five […]

Hollande’s Marseille Visit Draws Criticism

“At one moment, we must also face the wind… to be on all of the oceans, to be capable of taking the most adventurous course,” proclaimed President François Hollande to the people of Marseille at the inauguration of ship-owner CMA CGM’s largest container ship, the Jules Verne, on Tuesday, June 4. With this metaphor for […]

ANI Passes in National Assembly Regardless of Nationwide Protests

Members of the Confédération Générale du Travail, (CGT) Solidaires, and Parti Communiste Français (PCF) protested in Paris and across France today in opposition to the Accord National Interprofessionnel (ANI – National Interprofessional Agreement) labor reform bill. While these labor unions urged parliament members to vote against the b ill, 250 out of 276 officials in […]

Labor Conflicts: the Inflexible “Social Dialogue” between Hollande and the Unions

PARIS. – Two major labor unions, Conféderation Générale du Travail (CGT) and Confédération Générale du Travail – Force Ouvrière (FO), along with smaller activist groups including the student union UNEF, marched this Tuesday, March 5 to protest the proposed changes to the labor laws. The bill, to be put forward to the cabinet Wednesday, March 6, threatens […]

New minister of Productive Recovery Arnaud Montebourg Faces His First Challenges

Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Productive Recovery for Hollande’s new cabinet, is now facing one of the most important challenges of the presidency. The Confédération Générale des Travailleurs (CGT) or “General Confederation of Workers”, an important union which traditionally leans left, has revealed its demands to the new minister and has asked him to find solutions […]