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Historic Alliance of Trotskyists and Communists at the Bastille

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A Historic alliance between Trotskyists and Communists over the corpse of Communism is how a spokesperson for the far-right Front National described the Front de gauche.

He was commenting on yesterday’s 100,000 strong rally at the Bastille.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon said,

“Génie de la Bastille qui culmine sur cette place, nous voici de retour, le peuple des révolutions et des rébellions en France. Nous sommes le drapeau rouge!” (From here)

The Genie of the Bastille remains in this square. We are back: the people of Revolutions and Rebellions in France. We are the Red Flag”.

He launched an appeal for internationalism, for solidarity with all the people of Europe suffering from austerity.

And for a “civic rebellion”, for a new, 6th republic.

Listening to his speech on France-Inter last night I was deeply moved.

Seeing the people there on the Net links today I could see those there: joyous and free.

I know that look: I have seen it here in the eyes of the students protesting in Britain last year.

Good on you Front de gauche!

Written by Andrew Coates

March 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    March 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  2. A gradual realignment of left forces into one organisation is to be welcomed, it’s a great pity the english left cannot put aside their political differences, [which do not amount to much] and personal ambitions for ‘their party’ and we might get somewhere. The fact there is not yet a single left organization to contest the next general election, let alone the ongoing local elections speaks volumes about their sheer arrogance.

  3. Reblogged this on Representing the Mambo and commented:
    On the day that the Guardian is leading with a poll suggesting that the Tories are out ahead and are actually pulling clear of Labour, thought I would re-blog another good article from Tendance Coatesy. I could do with a bit of good news!
    I think the writers over there are spot-on to say that the Front de Gauche are something to be enthusiastic about. It’s a vibrant, confident, broad, explicitly anti-austerity political movement that certainly has the potential to drag French politics significantly to the left. Contrast this with a hopelessly divided left in Britain that is basically shit, whether inside or outside the Labour Party.
    There are a few lessons here for the pathetically timid Ed Miliband. Triangulation was always morally indefensible but now it isn’t even electorally expedient. He needs to lose his awe of Neoliberalism or we face a majority Tory government at the next election.
    How the Tory bastards are so popular is lost on me, considering the destruction they are wreaking and the un-mandated changes they are making to the very fabric of our society. But it was the same in the 1980s I suppose. Enough people did alright for them to keep winning elections.


    March 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  4. Any further news on the NPA/Gauche Unitaire happenings? A united left front in time for legislative elections?

    Julian Assandwich

    March 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  5. Julian, GU is part of the FdG along with the a number of other small groups like FASE, Les Alts, and actually Melenchon,s Left Party is pretty small. The two larger factions of the NPA rejected an alliance, the third faction was in favour but was out voted and has stuck with the NPA – but there has been some very unhappy sounds and a split post election maybe in the air. The legislative lists are already in place and the NPA is on its own, apart from I think in the Limousin where some common sense has pieced through the sectarianism.

    Pete Shield

    March 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    • Small is relative. In British terms the groups you cite Pete – with their councillors – are large.

      Andrew Coates

      March 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

  6. Contrast this with a hopelessly divided left in Britain that is basically shit, whether inside or outside the Labour Party.

    It didn’t feel like that at the Ken Livingstone campaign rally this evening. Ken saying good things on policy and fighting back, and helping to bring on some impressive new young talent in British left politics.

    Just saying.


    March 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

  7. Andrew, depressingly true, add all the UK Trots together and you have less Tankies than we have in the Languedoc. What the FdG seems to be able to do is pull none card carriers out, we had three TGVs full for Sunday out of the L-R, organised naturally by the PCF but only around 60% of the 3,000 or so were Commies or young folk that the PCF subsidised to go, we also had radical greens from the OdC, 20 or so PdG- their full membership-a handful of GU, some FASE, even some NPA-ers, a quite a lot of non- PCF CGT comrades.

    Pete Shield

    March 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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