Magazine article New Internationalist

Up All Night

Magazine article New Internationalist

Up All Night

Article excerpt

Labour reforms in France have brought protests, strikes, blockades and the birth of a new social movement - Nuit debout.

Demonstrators oppose the government's attempts to 'add flexibility' to the job market via the 'Loi Travail' - dubbed 'El Khomri', after the Labour minister. The law would make it easier to fire people and change their working hours. Those against say it's another example of those with power looking after their own interests while life becomes more precarious for ordinary people.

The epicentre of Nuit debout (roughly translated as 'night on our feet') is Paris' Place de la République, the site of a 400,000-strong protest against labour reform and national strike rally on 31 March. Since then, activists have held night-time assemblies - open platforms to discuss a range of social issues - and the idea has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across France and beyond, leading to comparisons with Spain's Indignados movement and Occupy.

'It's proof that we haven't abandoned politics, even if we don't trust politicians,' says Alex (not his real name), an activist from Nuit debout Berlin. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.