Traduction depuis l'original en français par RY/AC pour vivelepcf.
Constitution of the Network « Strengthen the PCF and let it thrive »
Malakoff, March 21, 2009
March 21, 2009, 155 activists, leaders of cells, branches, federations, from 29 departments, came to a meeting at Malakoff at the invitation of 17 members of the PCF National Council, signatories of the 34th Congress alternative text « Strengthen the PCF and let it thrive, a necessity of our times ».
The tremendous success of the national strike and demonstration on March 19 was at the heart of the discussions. For all the participants, this reiterated the continuing need for the PCF as an essential political tool to create a political perspective breaking with policies favouring capital. This is all the more true today as the economic crisis shows the perniciousness and the limits of the capitalist system.
After its 34th Congress, the PCF remains at the crossroads.
A deeply rooted reaction has risen among communists. They have clearly expressed their will to stand up for the existence of the party. They prevented, once again, a planned « metamorphosis » after the Extraordinary Assembly of December 2007.
The opposition to this « metamorphosis », led by activists and party organisations on the basis of the alternative text, has reaffirmed the communist identity in the PCF in the face of those who wish to abandon this identity. Furthermore, in the October vote, the text won in five federations: Pas-de-Calais, Nord, Tarn, Haute-Saône, Ardennes, and in many sections.
At the same time, in spite of repeated disavowals, the outgoing direction has managed to remain at the head of the Party. The National Executive Council is almost fully made up of those advocating the « metamorphosis » or the withering of the PCF.
Far from ceasing, this strategy is ongoing.
The Left Front, a top-down agreement unilaterally imposed for the European elections, is not a mere electoral alliance. Its goal is the destruction of the PCF and a political recomposition « on the left » obliterating, in fact, the Communist Party, following the example of the Party of the European Left (PEL) and many of its components.
No sooner had the congress ended than the direction was putting the freshly rejected « transformations » of the Party back on the agenda.
The Party line emanating from direction has turned its back on the demand for an immediate political alternative expressed by popular struggles in France. It limits political prospects to purely institutional and electoral horizons; ultimately, to a mere political alternative in 2012.
The mirage of « reshaping the EU » is used to sell a reformist line of resignation and adaptation to European integration subjected to the needs of capital.
Today, the activists who fought for the alternative text face new responsibilities.
The preparation of the Congress has enabled us make headway on a local level and to establish and strengthen links on a national level inside the PCF among those ready and willing to stand up and fight. 19 signatories of the text were elected to the National Council, in spite of obstruction by the Party's Direction.
The situation of the party, like that of the country, calls for going one step further in terms of national co-ordination and organisation.
It must appear much more clearly, inside the PCF and in the world of work, that the Communist Party cannot be assimilated to the defeatist line of the current direction. The communists and their organisations need new means take back their party and increase its influence.
To this end, participants at the Malakoff meeting make the decision to build up an official national network called « Strengthen the PCF and let it thrive », in accordance with the provisions in the Party statutes.
In expression, in action, it addresses itself to all PCF members, to all communists.
In keeping with the alternative text from the Congress, it intends to reassert that the Marxist theoretical foundation of the PCF is still relevant and that communist organisations rooted in the class struggle are still necessary. The perspective for which our party should fight has a name and we must reappropriate it: socialism.
The Network's priority is to make this option visible on a national level that we deem inseparable from the raison d'être of the PCF.
Being consistent, it make its priority to encourage the exchange of experiences and materials between PCF organisations, to strengthen them, keeping up cells, sections, notably in the workplace, getting people to join the PCF, and enabling communists to get out of their isolation. It also proposes to encourage national actions in keeping with communist ideals.
To this end, it has equipped itself with a national co-ordination group of 21 members, leaders of PCF organisations throughout France*.
In today's context, meeting participants consider that the political priority is to contribute, through proposition and action, to a political perspective breaking immediately with policies favouring the Medef (the French employers' federation), based notably on defending workers' wages and demanding their increase; banning redundancy plans; defending and regaining social protection, nationalised public services, public ownership of financial sector, and major means of production... for economic development aimed at satisfying workers' and people's needs.
In the context of the European elections, refusing any effacement of the Party, the Network will contribute to feed a communist campaign in keeping with the communists' campaign at the time of the 2005 and 1992 referendums, against the « European Constitution plan », the Maastricht treaty, the Lisbon treaty and integration into the "EU of Capital" that they are trying to impose.
The Network « Strengthen the PCF and let it thrive » make communist action for peace a priority, notably through the unilateral withdrawal of France from NATO, solidarity with communist and workers' parties around the world, fighting imperialism, and building internationalism.
Participants at the Malakoff meeting, March 21, 2009.
* Make-up of the national co-ordination group: Corinne Bécourt (Aisne), Jean-Louis Rolland (Charente-Maritime), Paul Barbazange (Hérault), Floriane Benoît (Isère), Dominique Negri (Isère), Christian Tabaglio (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Jean-Claude Korde (Bas-Rhin), Marie-Christine Burricand (Rhône), André Gerin (Rhône), Frédéric Bernabé (Haute-Saône), Emmanuel Dang Tran (Paris), Claude Fainzang (Paris), Pasquale Noizet (Paris), Fabienne Debeauvais (Somme), Eric Jalade (Tarn), Jean-Pierre Meyer (Var), Michel Perrin (Haute-Vienne), Caroline Andréani (Seine-Saint-Denis), Jean-Jacques Karman (Seine-Saint-Denis), Laurent Santoire (Seine-Saint-Denis), Alain de Poilly (Val-de-Marne)