Booklet – “On the Barricades” (14 July 1968 – City Lights)

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Photo – Removal of Posters from Faculty of Medicine (8 July 1968 – AFP)

THE POLICE CLEAR OUT THE PARIS FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Early this morning, and without any incident, the police cleared the building of the Paris New Faculty of Medicine in Rue des Saints Peres. Many students have been detained for identity checks. A significant number of police remain in the surrounding streets.

(caption) Police clean the facade of the New Faculty of Medicine

Photographic print

(8 July 1968 – AFP)

18 x 12.5cm

On rear of photo:

Poster – “Youth who are Refused the Right to Vote” (June 1968)

YOUNG PERSON

who is refused the right to vote

under the pretext that you aren’t an “adult”.

You are the one in the street making the State tremble,

You are the one that has shown that the “powerful State” was only in the fear of the oppressed.

You are the one that has opened the way towards a general strike.

It doesn’t matter if you are refused a vote today.

The big parties throw themselves at the carrot of the elections.

But you’ve learned that it isn’t in the polling booth, but in the businesses and in the street that the exploited can make their voice heard.

And if you want your fight to be more effective, if you want the ability to make your voice heard louder tomorrow

JOIN THE “WORKER’S VOICE”

TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD A NEW SOCIETY

Documented in:
Peters #149

Online Resources:
ENSBA #12949

Poster – “The Struggle Continues – Let’s support the Boatmen’s Strike” (21 June – Atelier Populaire)

“The Struggle Continues – Let’s support the Boatmen’s Strike”

(21 June – Atelier Populaire)

Green screen-print on green poster paper

60 x 80.5cm

Documented in:
Mesa p111; Dobson #123; UUU p51; Peters #149; Camard #81b; Les Affiches #78 & 77; Wlassikoff p134, Beauty #73; Gasquet p156; Murs #143; Tchou

Online Resources:
BNF
Zurich
ENSBA #10618

Poster – “18 June 1968 De Gaulle = Petain” (around 18 June 1968 – Atelier Arts Décoratifs)

“18 June 1968 De Gaulle = Petain”

(around 18 June 1968 – Atelier Arts Décoratifs

Black screen-print on newspaper

13 x 85cm

This equation of de Gaulle to the reviled capitulator Petain (head of the Vichy government after the German victory in France in WW2) is particularly pointed. The date referred to is the anniversary of de Gaulle’s famous 1940 call for French Resistance to the occupying forces.

Documented in:

Gasquet p114; Artcurial #500; Camard #147b

Online Resources:
Zurich

Poster – “The impetus is given for a Long Struggle” (18 June – Atelier Populaire)

“The impetus is given for a Long Struggle”

(18 June – Atelier Populaire)

Green screen-print on newspaper

75.5 x 80cm

Documented in:
Mesa p116; Dobson #196; Peters #123; Beaubourg #177; Camard #40a; Wlassikoff p133; Imagination #32; Beauty #190; Gasquet p145; Murs #76; Paves; Artcurial #399; Chartres #56; Tchou

Online Resources:
BNF
Zurich

Poster – “Appeal of 18 June 1968” (18 June 1968 – Committee for Free Information)

“Appeal of 18 June 1968

To all Frenchmen

France has lost a battle !
But France has not lost the war !

The union and political mandarins may have capitulated, giving way to panic, forgetting honour, delivering the people into bondage. Yet nothing is lost !

Nothing is lost, because our struggle is a permanent struggle. In the whole world, immense forces have not yet swung into operation. Some day these forces will crush the enemy. On that day, we will have won our dignity.

That is why all Frenchmen, wherever they may be, must unite in action, in risk and in hope.

The spirit is in mortal danger.
Let us all fight to save it.

Long live the Rage !
The Revolution

Dark blue offset-print

30 x 40cm

This has become one of my favourite posters from May 68. It is an incredibly clever détournement of De Gaulle’s wartime Appeal of the same date in 1940, with slight changes (underlined above) making it completely relevant to the revolutionary situation of 1968.

Here is the original:

Documented in:
Gasquet p. 19 ; Beaubourg #39 ; Beauty #B401 ; Mesa p109 ; Chartres #156 ; Peters #250; Camard #147a; Murs #158

Online Resources:
ENSBA #12885

Poster – “He’s Still the Chienlit!” (June 16 – Atelier Populaire)

“He’s still the Chienlit!”

(June 16 – Atelier Populaire)

Green screen-print on newsprint

53 x 84.5cm

This poster refers to de Gaulle’s infamous speech of 19 May where he used the phrase “La réforme oui, la chienlit non!”. Taken on face value the phrase means “Reform yes, chaos no!”. But de Gaulle also intended a scatological pun here, where “chienlit” is “chie-en-lit” – shit-in-the-bed.

The phrase in important enough to have its own article on wikipedia which explains the allusions.

Documented in:
Gasquet p.89; Les Affiches #106; Peters #221 ; Beauty #56b ; Beaubourg #48; Mesa p109 ; Chartres #93

Online Resources:
ENSBA # 10524
BNF