France: Again the Days of May

Suddenly, Paris seemed to have slipped two years back in time. Clouds of acrid tear gas hung over the chestnut trees of Left Bank boulevards, just as they had during the shattering événements of May 1968 that tore France apart and led directly to the fall of Charles de Gaulle. Thousands of angry Maoist students and tough riot policemen clashed in short but bloody street battles. Long-haired gauchiste (leftist) students in blue jeans and suede jackets stopped motorists in the Latin Quarter and flipped their cars over to form makeshift barricades. Rocks,...

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