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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fortieth Anniversary of Paris Protests

Over forty years ago this year, middle-class Parisians, teachers, and students took to the streets of their city to protest the poverty and unemployment which they had been subjected to by the de Gaulle government. Students and faculty took over the Ecole des Beaux Arts and formed the Atelier Populaire. The Atelier Populaire paperbilled the cities with a series of screens. Creative Review features a number of these posters from an exhibit at the Hayward Project Space in London.

The Paris street protests took down de Gaulle's government and ushered in the social protections which would become standard all over Western Europe. All in all, these protestors were much more able than our own. An interesting look back, and some fascinating street art.

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