The following statement was published on the independent anti-capitalist website on Friday June 3.

Euro 2016 is taking place in France between June 10 and July 10. Given the social situation in this country, those of us who are fighting against the Loi Travail and its world are calling for it to be disrupted.

We, too, like football. But we consider football to be a game, not a business, nor a product. And in view of all the money and political capital around this type of big sporting event, we have no problem with the prospect of Euro 2016 suffering a little.

By means of the ever greater exploitation of the workforce, the Loi Travail and its world are playing with our lives. What is at stake seems to us to be a lot more significant than 50 football matches.

For all that, we have nothing against the players or the supporters.

We have, though, got something against Euro 2016, its hierarchy and its sponsors: UEFA / FFF / Abritel / Adidas / Coca-Cola / Crédit Agricole / Continental / FDJ / Hisense / Hyundai-Kia / McDonald’s / Orange / La Poste / Proman / Socar / SNCF / Tourtel / Turkish Airlines / etc.

And what about the state of emergency, the 42,000 police, 30,000 gendarmes, 13,000 private security guards, 200 foreign cops, the soldiers and the RAID police maintaining order in the stadiums and fan zones? We’re not scared! And the drones, CCTV cameras and other technologies of control? We’re not scared! And Daesh, the bogeyman that is supposed to justify all of that? We’re not scared!

If the current means of pressure against the Loi Travail and its world are not enough (demos, strikes, blockades, sabotage etc), we will extend them to Euro 2016.

In joy and good humour,

with rage and determination

for the withdrawal of the Loi Travail

for the end of capitalism and the state

with mutual aid practices and revolutionary perspectives

at Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyons, Marseilles, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, Toulouse and elsewhere,

We call for the disruption of Euro 2016 by any means you fancy.

For background on struggle against the Loi Travail see Acorn 23 and Acorn 24.