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

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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

Poster – “Declaration” (June? 1968 – Grand Orient de France [Freemasons])

“Grand Orient de France

Declaration

The Freemasons of the Grand Orient de France, faithful to their secular tradition of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity pay emotional tribute to the spectacular movement of students and workers of town and country who express their fervent desire for justice, democracy and progress, while keeping their sense of responsibility.

By refusing the right of protest and dialogue with the students’ and workers’ representative for the last 10 years, the State (in monopolising public information for its own exclusive use) has made itself a closed and technocratic authority claiming the monopoly on decision-making for itself.

The refusal of popular aspiration must inevitably lead to revolt.

It is the students who are the first to wake up a sleeping Nation, making it examine its conscience and take a stand.

This is proven by the millions of strikers and the occupation of workplaces.

The Grand Orient de France once again condemns the heavy-handed and brutal repression that has transformed peaceful demands into rioting:
It is inconceivable that a society ignores its youth.

The Grand Orient de France considers that a democratic and progressive government based on the lifeblood of the Nation and on its representative bodies can, alone, respond to the requirements of our times.

The Grand Orient de France has endeavoured to define the requirements of tomorrow and bring modern and constructive solutions to them, notably over the last 10 years in its conferences, congress and days of study.

It is pleased by the free participation of its members in the action undertaken to awaken civil spirit and galvanise the desire for democracy.”

Black offset on orange paper

40 x 60cm

This is one of the more surprising posters from May 68: a declaration of support for the students and workers from the largest Masons’ Lodge in France.

Documented in:
Chartres #155; Artcurial #429