Offices of the ruling Socialist Party in Lyons after the protest paid a visit

Translated from

A wave of protest and action swept France on May 10 2016 after the announcement by the French government that it was to push the hated neoliberal Loi Travail through the National Assembly without a vote, using the controversial article 49.3

In Lyons, 500 people took part in an unauthorised march through the city centre after a call-out to meet up at 6pm at Place des Terreaux. The local offices of the ruling Socialist Party at la Croix-rousse were completely ransacked, its windows broken and its furniture thrown out onto the road. A little earlier, it was the local police station which had been attacked by the protest, with damage to windows and the façade. Nearly 1,000 people were on the protest at that point. Finally, the march occupied an abandoned school for an hour, before being forced out by plain-clothes BAC cops. There was one arrest.

In Caen, the local Socialist Party office was also emptied of its contents by demonstrators. it was then rechristened as belonging to the “Capitalist Party” .

In Paris there was a protest in front of the Assemblée Nationale. Police charged crowds and used tear gas.

At Nantes, the protest attacked the Socialist-run Town Hall, with graffiti and attempts to break windows. There were then clashes with the police until midnight.

At Grenoble, the protest also involved clashes with police. Several windows of chain stores were smashed, along with that of the Dauphiné Libéré, the local gutter press. One arrest.

At Toulouse, an unauthorised march of  2,000 people heading for the local Socialist Party offices was brutally attacked, tear-gassed and batoned by police. A second wildcat protest was staged during which banks and advertising boards were attacked.

At Montpellier, the protest targeted the Socialist Party offices as well as many bank windows. There were clashes with police and bins were set on fire. At least one arrest.

At Dijon, a Socialist Party office was also attacked during a night-time protest and lost its window. Banks in the area were likewise targeted.

At Tours, the police violently broke up the protest using grenades and tear gas and charges by plain-clothes BAC cops. At last one arrest.

At Narbonne, the town centre roads were covered with graffiti against the use of 49.3 and calling for revolt.

At Lille, there was an attempt at the social redistribution of the contents of a supermarket.

Marseilles saw its first-ever police kettling of protesters (a tactic imported from the UK), followed by a mass break-out and cat-and-mouse chase around the city centre.

At Rennes, Bordeaux, Besançon and elsewhere hundreds of people protested in the town centres.

And there were declarations of solidarity from comrades in Italy, Spain and Belgium…

See also: Acorn 24