Remember May ’68

french poster 1 708948 Upon the fortieth anniversary of the May '68 student protests in the streets of Paris, Patrice de Beer, former London and Washington correspondent for Le Monde, explores France's politics of memory and finds the French caught between remembrance and forgetting.

An interesting point with particular resonance:

"Julie Coudry, the (possibly departing) president of the Confederation Etudiante, has made the point that in 1968, students (and striking workers) opposed to the ordre etabli sought new forms of participation and communication; while in 2008, people are fearful of all-powerful globalisation yet also anxious to play their part in the reform of an (again) blocked society where a new generation of young people (again) has little say."

Read the entire article here.

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