This video is about the 2006 big demonstrations in France which succeeded in bringing down the Rightist government plans to make it easier for bosses to fire young workers.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel in France:
France: Socialist Party feminist joins Sarkozy’s cabinet
5 July 2007
Right-wing French president Nicolas Sarkozy has recruited prominent Socialist Party members and women from an immigrant background into his government in order to provide a veneer of “humanitarian interventionism” for its drive towards militarism abroad and pro-business policies at home.
The most prominent defection from the Socialist Party is the Minister for Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner [see also here], best known as the founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). However, the biggest shock, especially for immigrant workers and youth, came with the defection of the country’s best-known feminist activist, Fadela Amara. She has accepted the post of Secretary of State for Town Policy.
Amara, aged 43 and from a working class Algerian family, was an elected Socialist Party town councillor in Clermont-Ferrand. She is known as the founder of the Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Prostitutes, Nor Submissive) association, launched in 2003 on a wave of popular revulsion over the death by torching of Sohane Benziane, a young immigrant girl, at the hands of a would-be boyfriend.
Amara’s agreement to work under the Minister for Housing and Town Planning, Christine Boutin, a notorious anti-abortionist, has left many of those who looked up to her as a defender of the rights of working class women angry and bewildered. Boutin was nominated as a Pontifical Consultant for the Family by Pope Jean Paul II.
Amara’s acceptance of a position in Sarkozy’s government drew criticism from Mohamed Mechmache, president of the AC Le Feu association of voluntary social workers, who said, “We don’t rely on this sort of person supported by one or another of the political apparatuses…We are not fools.” He accused Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS) of “stigmatising and caricaturing certain categories of the population”, a reference to young men on the housing projects.
Mimouna Hadjam, the spokesman for the Africa 93 voluntary association, said that Amara’s decision was “connected to a choice of career more than political conviction… How could Fadela sanction the actions of this government which is destined to be particularly repressive on immigration and especially family regroupment?”
Strauss-Kahn and the IMF: here.
Sarkozy’s anti strike plans: here.