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Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 13:10:07 +0200

THE RIOTS IN FRANCE show that our French brethren won't take Sarkozy's repression
lying down! As the violence spreads, as far afield as Brussels and Berlin, we salute the
action taken by the French, Belgian and German working classes. Whilst the youth of
France are fighting poverty, racism and state oppression, the response from the French
government in the ugly shape of Interior Minister Sarkozy is to refer to these people as
"scum". They are not scum, they are working class heroes! Other reactions have
been just as predictable: French fascist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has talked of France
being on the verge of civil war. It's a class civil war! Given that Le Pen has a special
section of his party reserved for police officers, his views come as no surprise.

We're Alright, Jacques!

President Chirac's response has been to bury his head in the sand and wish the riots
would go away ­ just as he wishes the working class would go away. He can declare as
many curfews and states of emergency as he likes but the working class won't go away,
you know! There aren't enough police in France to enforce his decrees!

The World is Watching

We're here today to show solidarity with the youth of France in struggle. It is also
important that we send a message to the French ambassador in Britain and to the
French government. We remember the 1961 Paris massacre of Algerian workers when
an unknown number ­ possibly as high as 200 ­ were murdered by the Parisian police
force. Then bodies floated down the Seine through the centre of Paris. If the French
government is considering a military crackdown in its cities this time, the world is

Class Unity, Class Pride, Class War!

As France goes up in flames, we offer our unconditional support to the insurrectionary
French youth. The media is very keen to divide French youth into specific racial and
religious groups, yet working class black, white and Arab youths have far more in
common with each other than they have with France's ruling political elite. Their
standing together in recent days against the police onslaught has shown that the lies of
the media, who seek to portray the rioting as some foul Islamist plot, are falling on deaf
ears. Long may this unity continue!

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