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The embers of a long-smoldering revolution in France

PARIS – On a recent frosty morning, around a hundred people flocked to a small square near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, at the top of the Butte Montmartre. These weren’t the usual tourists drawn to the breathtaking panoramic views of Paris, but left-wing protesters celebrating the 150th anniversary of a revolution that began where they stood. […]

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Retired French army generals threaten coup

On April 21, the 60th anniversary of the attempted French military coup in Algiers in 1961, 23 retired generals published an open letter to the government on the neofascist site Valeurs Actuelles . The letter is an extraordinary intervention by the army in political life. One hundred and fifty years after the Paris Commune of […]

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Policewoman stabbed to death inside police station in France before assailant was shot dead

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to “never give up” the fight against Islamist terrorism after a policewoman was killed by a man with a knife who shouted “Allahu Akbar” in France today. Named by police Stéphanie M, the 49-year-old mother of two was slashed in the throat by a Tunisian delivery driver at 2:20 p.m. while […]

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Champagne wins the fight against the name of the Swiss municipality of Champagne

Champagne producers have won a 20-year legal battle to prevent the Swiss village of Champagne from selling labeled wine wine from the commune of Champagne – but say they have about 1,000 other name protection legal cases pending. The village, with a population of 1048 and 28 hectares of vines, produces a typical Swiss still […]

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More spring menus from Okra, China Tang Landmark and more

Spring is in the air. And with it, the search for lighter palates. Brighter flavors. Refreshing again takes your favorite dish. Add a sprig of earthy greenery or an infusion with the sweet, syrupy scent of flowers. The remastered menus below will have you covered. Soak up the warm weather, but don’t forget some delicious […]

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7 members of the Catholic clergy, including French citizens, kidnapped in Haiti, according to the Church

Seven members of the Catholic clergy, including two French citizens, were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday, said the spokesman for the Episcopal Conference of the island nation, which was shaken by unrest. Five priests and two nuns were kidnapped in the morning in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town east of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Father Ludger Mazile told […]

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Briefing: The Paris Commune | The week in the UK

Why was the Commune important? For 72 days only – from March 18 to May 28, 1871 – a revolutionary government ruled Paris and espoused a large number of radical causes: decent conditions for the workers; free universal education; separation of Church and State; the abolition of child labor; equality between men and women; citizenship […]

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Rules for mowing your lawn in France on public holidays and Sundays

Are we allowed to mow the lawn on Sundays and on public holidays? Short answer: Yes, you can. Long answer: Yes, you can, but there are limits. Sundays and public holidays in France are sacrosanct and there are even limits on the time you use power tools, including lawn mowers and hedge trimmers so your […]

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The historical and contemporary importance of the Paris Commune of 1871

Saturday, World Socialist Website marked the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune of 1871, the first time in world history that the working class has seized state power, with an international meeting online. WSWS International Editorial Board Chair David North moderated and introduced the discussion, which included Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Alex Lantier, WSWS […]