Beginning in May 1968, a period of civil unrest occurred throughout France, lasting some seven weeks and punctuated by demonstrations, general strikes, as well as the occupation of universities and factories. At the height of events, which have since become known as May 68, the economy of France came to a halt.

Afternoon on 17-19 Rue Gay-Lussac, May 11th. This street generally was the scene of the main clashes between demonstrators and the police during the events of May 1968 / Image: via AP

Thousands of students fought in street battles with the police on the night of May 11, on Rue Gay-Lussac in the Latin Quarter in Paris and erected barricades, the next morning the street, full of overturned cars.

17-19 Rue Gay-Lussac – The point of the street with overturned cars in Paris / Image: unknown, via twitter

Featured Image: 17-19 Rue Gay-Lussac / Image: Paris-JOUR/SIPA, via


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