For the past week, there have been militant “yellow vest” protests in the streets of Paris and other cities over increased fuel taxes and other government policies seen as hurting the working class. In response to the protests, the French Communist Party has called on the Macron government to resign. Communist deputies in the French parliament are asking socialist and other progressive legislators to join their call for a no-confidence vote. The French CP on November 20, elected journalist and parliamentarian Fabien Roussel as its new National Secretary. He succeeds Pierre Laurent, who has been the National Secretary since 2010.
The selection of Roussel came after a proposal for the party’s work and program which he co-authored was adopted by the party over one proposed by the outgoing leadership.