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Emmanuel Macron and Echoes of May 1968

Elizabeth Benjamin The Conversation
The French president has proposed a controversial higher education reform at a particularly inopportune moment, sparking major protests.

France Goes Off the Rails

Benoît Duteurtre. Translated by Charles Goulden. The Nation
The government’s proposed railway reforms will force yet more traffic onto the country’s overcrowded roads, even as people in the provinces and regions lose mobility, convenience, and time.

What's Next for the French Left?

Cole Stangler The Nation
There is no denying it: The last few months have been disastrous for the French left. As the gospel of neoliberalism goes up in flames across the Channel, French voters have handed over the republic to one of its true believers. These will be trying times for the French working class, and really anyone concerned with the country's collective well-being. Macron's electoral success does not equate with a broad democratic mandate for his policies.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Macron Is Just The Beginning Of A New Fight For France And Europe

Mark Weisbrot Huffington Post
If the “global open future” of France and Europe is going to be like the recent past, then the National Front and similar movements are still going to have some growth potential. Because it is primarily the economic policies of Europe, including France, over most of the past decade, that have allowed the National Front to progress from a marginalized boil on the body politic to what is now treated as a legitimate, serious opposition party.
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