May 11 2017 - Workers at a car component factory in central France have occupied the plant and are threatening to blow it up in a radical protest against their bosses as the site risks closure.

The workers at the GM&S auto-suppliers plant in the Creuse region, north of Limoges, have told Renault and Peugeot they are ready to blow up the factory if their demands are not met.

Some 280 jobs at the site are under threat after the plant went into receivership back in December, and workers accuse the two car giants of blocking negotiations for a takeover of the factory and of making too few orders.

The protesters have already started destroying machinery at the site. Photos released on social media on Thursday, show them cutting a machine in half with a blowtorch. CGT trade union representatives say the workers will destroy a machine each day unless their demands are met. [video]/[video]


Paris: Thousands protest the incoming austerity regime of Emanuel Macron, May 8, 2017.

May 7: Thousands gather in Paris at the Place de la République a day after the French election to protest the pro austerity and anti-labor agenda of incoming President Emmanuel Macron. Initiatied by the Front Social, the demonstration, the first since Macron was elected on Sunday, brought out sections of the CGT and other union federations, anti-fascist and capitalist collectives and community and ecological groups. Marchers headed toward the Bastille, running into the CRS riot police. Clashes ensued, with dozens arrested.  

Photos via Richard Reilly,  Révolution Permanente