Daniel Ben Said

Eight Months of the Left Government in France

(28 January 1982)

From International Viewpoint, No. 0, 28 January 1982, pp. 10–11.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

Eight months have gone by since the defeat of the right in the French presidential and legislative elections. The change in government has led neither to economic catastrophe nor to social revolution,in contrast to the dire predictions of the right, which were designed to arouse the “silent majority”. As a result, the SP and CP have no alibi for not meeting the demands of the working class.

In its first general assessment of the new presidency, Le Monde speaks rather of a “smooth transition,” seeing in this proof of the solidity and democratic character of the institutions of the Fifth Republic imposed by the coup d’etat of 1958.

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However, such an analysis is superficial. The fundamental features of the new situation lie elsewhere: