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Le Cas 68

Le Cas 68 refers to a period of time in France spanning from late March until June. It was a period of much social unrest for the country and what started as a student protest in opposition to the capitalist systems of the university transformed into one of the biggest social movements contemporary France has ever seen. 

Nearly every day during this time of protest can be marked with a significant event, and the group is going to discuss the events of 22nd March, the occupation of the administrative building which kick-started the entire movement, and 3rd May, the first riot.


Group members: Dona Ali, Esther Gyan-Debrah, Becca Hix, Kate Jenkins, Annika Weinmann


Background information on French society and Mai 1968: 

- Between 1954 and 1968, wages increased by two and a half times and during the 1960s the number of people who owned a car doubled to 60% of the population.    - "France had undergone an unprecedented economic transformation since 1945, becoming a major industrial power. Yet, when it came to societal attitudes, France was still stuck in the early nineteenth century." - France Since 1815

- Social roots to Mai '68 can be found in the large post-war demographic explosion known as the 'baby-boom'. Between 1946 and 1968 the French population increased from 40.5 million to 49.7 million. During the 1960s the so-called 'baby-boomers' came of age and entered higher education and the world of work. Many came to believe they were prisoners of an authoritarian mentality, symbolised overall by de Gaulle. 

- The campus at Nanterre was opened in 1963, yet in 1968 the library was still not finished. Students had to make the best of poor transport connections to visit the main library in the Latin Quarter. 


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