Queerphobic violence in French homes: a preventable and unseen tragedy of the pandemic

Support Politika News on Patreon CN: this article contains detailed discussion of homophobia, queerphobia, transphobia, murder and queerphobic violence CN: this article mentions rape and homophobic slurs OPINION Over this past year of lockdowns and restrictions, French LGBTQ+ rights organisation SOS Homophobie reported a rise in the number of queerphobic attacks taking place within the supposed safety … Continue reading Queerphobic violence in French homes: a preventable and unseen tragedy of the pandemic

Remembering the Paris Commune and its unsung anarchist heroine, Louise Michel: an interview with historian, Naomi Clifford

Support Politika News on Patreon. INTERVIEW As 2021 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, historian Naomi Clifford turns her investigative eye to the life of an unsung anarchist heroine from France's Haute-Marne: Louise Michel. Following her recent lecture on Michel (in collaboration with Tate South Lambeth Library) Naomi managed to pluck time out … Continue reading Remembering the Paris Commune and its unsung anarchist heroine, Louise Michel: an interview with historian, Naomi Clifford

Neo-Nazism in the armed forces: France’s latest military scandal is symptomatic of its complacency over the far right

CN: this article mentions far-right slurs OPINION An investigation led by Mediapart has revealed that at least 50 soldiers from various regiments of the French army have been found displaying neo-Nazi behaviour, in a pattern becoming worryingly more ubiquitous in the Hexagone. Behaviours included the displaying of the swastika ensign in barracks, photographs with flags of … Continue reading Neo-Nazism in the armed forces: France’s latest military scandal is symptomatic of its complacency over the far right

Neglected state schools and far-right rhetoric: Macron’s legacy will be defined by his vanity politics

OPINION The quality of state schools in France has become so poor that working-class parents are turning to bursaries at Catholic private schools for their children's education. As the government passes its 'Islamist separatism' law, these parents from France’s quartiers are battling a festering yet seemingly unacknowledged form of socio-economic segregation that threatens their children's educational … Continue reading Neglected state schools and far-right rhetoric: Macron’s legacy will be defined by his vanity politics

Graines Populaires: an interview with the eco movement empowering France’s working class

INTERVIEW As the climate crisis continues to threaten the world's most vulnerable communities and future generations, new visions for enacting change are blossoming around the globe. A testament of this is Graines Populaires, a non-profit organisation shaking up the fight to protect our planet. Dedicating itself to equipping local, working-class communities with the tools needed … Continue reading Graines Populaires: an interview with the eco movement empowering France’s working class

Macron’s new government ditches LREM’s left-wing pretences

OPINION After the municipal elections in June, Emmanuel Macron's government reshuffle has heralded the appearance of a number of "Sarkozyistes" : a Prime Minister (Jean Castex) who was Deputy Secretary General to Nicolas Sarkozy, a Home Secretary (Gérard Darmanin) who refers to the former President as a mentor, a Culture Minister (Franck Riester) who served … Continue reading Macron’s new government ditches LREM’s left-wing pretences