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May 1968 - a month which still affects French politics and culture. France erupted in revolutionary fervour. Students took to the streets, their movement quickly being joined by factory workers. A general strike which nearly toppled the government followed. Forty years later, a flood of books, articles, conferences, film, art retrospectives and TV and radio programmes look back on the turbulent time. RFI's Alison Hird reports on the history and its effects - through the people who took part.

May 68

Not so much a month - more a movement

From 21 March 1968 with the first student protests at Nanterre University, through to the end of June when a new government was appointed, France lived through a mini-revolution.

2008-05-14 11:19 TU


May 68 at a glance.

Timeline May 68

What happened when - the events suggest boredom is a powerful catalyst for revolt.

2008-05-14 12:01 TU


Marie de Cenival putting a beard on a statue, Place de la Republique, Paris(Photo: Mathilde Cannat/La Barbe)

Feminism in France: May 68 to today

The May 68 protests showed women they too could revolt and gave birth to the French feminist movement. Today, 40 years later, the sexes are still not completely equal, but fewer women consider themselves "feminists," as Sarah Elzas reports.

2008-05-28 13:00 TU

Gainsbourg Birkin 1968(Photo: Alain Quemper)

A May 68 photo exhibition

Judith Prescott visits an exhibition of May 68 photos by Alain Quemper at Dorothy's Gallery in the 11th arrondissement in Paris



Footage from '68

2008-05-16 09:42 TU