behind the die-hard strategy of the CGT, the internal quarrels

Strikers are gathered on Tuesday in front of the La Mède refinery (Bouches-du-Rhône). ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

DECRYPTION – The CGT, in decline against the CFDT, is trying to revive a dynamic with this show of force. With another issue, the succession of Philippe Martinez.

The energy crisis that France is going through has just gotten worse. For the past few days, the country, which was already lacking gas and electricity to get through the winter, is now experiencing a fuel shortage following the blockages of the TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil refineries and the fuel depots which led Elisabeth Borne to resort to the requisition of personnel to operate certain sites.

At the maneuver, the CGT federation of chemical industries, one of the largest at the Montreuil plant and above all one of the most radical. While the union headed by Philippe Martinez has declared its independence from the Communist Party for two decades, chemists still proudly display their revolutionary convictions. Contrary to the confederation, they also remained members of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), long in the hands of the Soviets, which counts in its ranks admirers of the Cuban revolution. “They are…

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