The PRCF was officially founded on January 18, 2004 and is the result of a long ideological, political and organisational process. When we took the decision to create our revolutionary organisation, we intended to distance ourselves from reformist orientations and therefore from the PCF.
As of the mid-1970s, PCF activists, first on their own and then in a coordinated way, rose up against the social-democrat drift of the PCF. The 22nd Congress of 1976 was a landmark when, alledgedly to face the PS (Socialist Party) in the run-up to the elections, the PCF leaders dramatically gave up all references to the dictatorship of the proletariat, in other words abandoned all references to concepts of social classes, democracy and revolution. Afterwards, marxism-leninism and proletarian internationalism were removed of the PCF statutes on the 23rd Congress of 1979. This theorical shift left the people and the communist activists ideologically unarmed.
In 1991, as the counter-revolution was running rife and the bourgeoisie as well as the so-called left-wing movement were celebrating « the death of communism », some dozens of activists founded the PCF Communist Coordination. On the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st Congress, this coordination, and then the following organisation Fédération nationale des Associations pour la Renaissance Communiste (FNARC), struggled to urge numerous left-wing opponents to join the movement. With a view to preserving communist ideology consolidated during seven decades, activists faithful to marxism-leninism draw the following conclusion : reformism and revolutionary spirit are as contradictory as water and fire and therefore can not live side by side.
That is why, in January 2004, more than 400 representatives from more than 60 regions , alongside with 15 foreign delegations, created the PRCF and adopted statutes referring to marxism-leninism, democratic centralism and proletarian internationalism, whose aims were to continue the work started by the PCF, founded in 1920 in the Congress of Tours, following Lenin’s ideals.
The PRCF, still believing in primitive ideology of marxism, developed a strategy which suited our country’s issues, inspired by the 7th Congress of the Communist International (Cominterm) but adapted to the challenges of the 21st century. The PRCF advocates the « four exits » : a way-out of the eurozone, the EU, NATO, and as a consequence, an alternative of capitalism. It also advocates unity among French communists who are struggling to create a new French Communist Party, to build a progressive, antifascist, anti-monopoly and patriotic movement, a new CNR (Conseil National de la Résistance), under the leadership of the working class.
The red flag featuring the hammer and the sickle symbolising the leninist policy of alliance, and the French flag symbolising the republican and revolutionary nation, are two emblematic representations of the new French Communist wave.
The PRCF is struggling for the creation of a new International Communist Movement.
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