Calls for nationwide day of demonstrations in France against ‘far-right ideology’

Unions and political parties in France have united in a call for a day of demos "for freedom and against far-right ideology" on Saturday.

Calls for nationwide day of demonstrations in France against 'far-right ideology'
Illustration photo: François Monier/AFP

Some 60 organisations – from the CGT and FSU unions and left-wing political party La France Insoumise to rights organisations including SOS Racisme, Ligue des droits de l’Homme and Oxfam – have called for demonstrations to take place in towns and cities across France on Saturday, June 12th.

Their joint statement read: “For several months we have been witness to an alarming political and social climate. Allying with the extreme right or adopting its ideas is no longer forbidden. 

“Racist and sexist comments and acts at work and in life are spreading.

“Attacks on social rights and freedoms are increasing. In this political, economic, social and health context, injustices are exploding and causing great social misery.

“Several liberticidal laws are organising an authoritarian society of surveillance and control which will make the already excessive police violence invisible. Moreover, if some of these laws stigmatise a part of the population because of their religion, others target them because of their militant activity.

“In the face of this climate of hatred, racism and attacks on individual and collective freedoms, we have decided collectively to organise a first major national day of demonstrations and mobilisations on Saturday, June 12th.”

“Like the signatories of the appeal for freedoms and against the mortifying ideas of the extreme right (, we all feel the urgency of building a strong and united response that brings together the alliance of freedom, work and a sustainable future.”

Individual supporters can add their name to a list of signatories backing the day of demonstrations and its intentions at

Member comments

  1. Not a bad thing in my opinion, however, I have to ask if that is the real danger. For example, the UK currently has the most opaque government in living memory. I’m more afraid of the government/establishment closing ranks every time a legitimate challenge to their absolute power is posed.

  2. I don’t know where this idea of ‘absolute power’ comes from. UK and France have a democratic system that prevents either party having ‘absolute power’, apart that is, from the power to govern which they were elected to do anyway. Corruption and dishonesty is endemic to politics and power, both left and right, but they have to answer to the voting population every few years.
    I object being told what to think by the unions and being co-opted into being cannon fodder and/or taken hostage in their never ending battles with employers. It seems to me the unions regularly hold the population to ransom – they need a good hand-bagging. I don’t share their ideology and I resent been inconvenienced by their pursuit of their own agendas.

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French minister: US green plan should be ‘wake-up call’ for EU industry

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday said Washington's $430 billion plan to spur climate-friendly technologies in the United States must be seen as a wake-up call for Europe.

French minister: US green plan should be 'wake-up call' for EU industry

The EU “must be able to sweep in front of our own door” before worrying about the effects of the US climate plan on European industry, Le Maire told AFP in Washington, where he was part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s US state visit.

Even though the EU has already “changed its approach” on promoting green industry, the US climate plan must be seen as a “wake-up call” in the European Union, he added.

Le Maire’s comments came as EU countries have poured criticism on Washington’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), seeing it as anti-competitive and a threat to European jobs, especially in the energy and auto sectors.

Subsidies for green energy

The act, designed to accelerate the US transition to a low-carbon economy, contains around $370 billion in subsidies for green energy as well as tax cuts for US-made electric cars and batteries.

Macron on Wednesday slammed the plan’s “Made in USA” provisions as “super aggressive” for European businesses.

But at a joint press conference with Macron, Biden said that he and the French leader had agreed to “discuss practical steps to coordinate and align our approaches”, though he said he would not apologize for the US plan.

Biden added the IRA was never intended to disadvantage any US allies.

Threats of retaliatory measures

Last month, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton threatened to appeal to the World Trade Organization and consider “retaliatory measures” if the United States did not reverse its subsidies.

Le Maire also criticized the EU’s own climate spending plans, arguing that they were too cumbersome and loaded with red tape.

“If the ambition is the same” as the Europeans, the United States relies on methods that “are simpler and faster”, he said.

“They put immediate and massive tax credits where we provide state aid (to specific projects) which sometimes take two years to be adopted and are too complex to implement,” said Le Maire.