French press review

French press review 11 April 2016

Text by: William Niba
6 min

The morning's press takes a look at the  "Up All Night" protests, was well as the ongoing in-fighting on the Left. 



 L'Humanité takes a look, this morning, at the ongoing “Up All Night” protests, which have spread from Paris to other French cities and even beyond to Spain, sparked by the government’s attempt to reform the labour market.

"Are the anti-el Khomry law demos running short of breathe?” it asks in a piece about the proposed Labour reforms of Myriam El Khomri, the government’s Labour minister. “Not in the least bit,” it replies. All that’s happening is that those who want to see the movement fail are making their voices heard.

La Croix

For the Catholic La Croix, the poor turn-out at Saturday's protests against the proposed Labour laws demonstrate a loss of momentum of the movement.

However, the Catholic daily points out that the protests haven’t disappeared, just changed. In this respect, it points to growth of the "Nuit Debout" or "Up All Night and says that similar movements in Spain, the United States and Israel have made their mark on society, despite their utopian agendas.

Le Monde

For its part, Le Monde argues that the "Up All Night" movement is a new umbrella movement bringing together left-wing activists who are angry about the Socialist government’s current policies.

It writes that while the “Up All Night" protests are an offspring of the anti-Labour demonstrations, they have also become a rallying point for anarchists "hostile to any form of institutional order". "Up All Night" doesn't intend to pick any leaders" and that could spell trouble, Le Monde writes.


For Liberation, this morning’s focus is on the Presidential elections next year and adds further pressure on the Left to hold primaries ahead of the elections.

It also points to the findings of a survey by the pollster OpinionWay for Le Figaro, which shows that 64 percent of people polled and 75 percent of traditional left-leaning voters are in favour of "an inclusive process” in which Communists, the Greens and the Socialists will take part.

If the ruling Socialists refuse to hold primaries, it would be a strategic error, the paper adds.

Liberation also takes a look at some of the areas in France that have been identified as breeding grounds of extreme Islam following the arrest in Brussels of the third airport suspect last week

The towns are Saint Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, Roubaix in the north of France, and Lunel, near the south-western city of Montpellier.

Libé outlines the difficulties Lunel is having to reconnect with its radicalized youths. The left-leaning publication also lauds efforts by Saint Denis' authorities to transform the multi-cultural and predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods.

Le Figaro

Finally this morning, Le Figaro claims that the loose coalition of anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria is “scoring points” and says that with the recapture of Palmyra, they are finally starting to make progress.

Since then, the paper claims, about a hundred of the caliphate's leaders have been eliminated in airstrikes. Among those killed are the group’s deputy leader Abdel Rahmane al Qatouli, its defence chief "Omar the Chechen", and its ammunitions specialist Jasim Khadija.


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