This tract was distributed on or around May 5. Given that it was offset printed, rather than mimeographed like most of the early student pamphlets, it is almost certain that it was printed before the events of May 3 took place.
It therefore gives a good indication of the state of radical student politics on the very eve of May 1968.
(Translated in Schnapp – Document 49)
University Students, High-School Students, Young Workers
At the moment when students in Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Madrid, Algiers, New York, Tokyo, and Rome were fighting in the streets against the forces of order and reaction, in Paris, on April 27 and 28, 200 delegates representing 1100 militants, headed by young revolutionaries (“Révoltes”) and the Liaison Committee of Revolutionary Students announced the formation of a
Federation of Revolutionary Students
University students, high-school students, young workers,
At the moment when imperialism is striking at youth and the working class with blood and iron, when Stalinist bureaucracy is striking at and imprisoning students and workers fighting for socialism and worker councils, when student combats augur huge confrontations, on an international scale, between the working classes and imperialism, between the working classes and Stalinist bureaucracy, the revolutionary students declared:
At the moment when de Gaulle is planning to make the working class and, to begin with, young workers and young intellectuals, pay the price for the rationalisation of French economy, at the moment when layoffs are increasing, when unemployment is hitting hundreds of thousands of young workers, when Peyrefitte is preparing to exclude 300,000 students from the University, THE FEDERATION OF REVOLUTIONARY STUDENTS DECLARES:
DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!
DOWN WITH STALINISM!
LONG LIVE SOCIALISM!
RESISTANCE IS POSSIBLE,
WE MUST ORGANISE IT.
WE INSIST ON A JOINT DEMONSTRATION OF THE YOUTH OF PARIS!
University Students, men and women, Lycée students, Young Workers,
On April 27 and 28 the FEDERATION OF REVOLUTIONARY STUDENTS came out in favor of formation of the Revolutionary Organisation of Youth and of the Revolutionary International of Youth.
On April 27 and 28 the Federation of Revolutionary Students declared that it casts its lot with the fight led by young revolutionaries grouped around the periodical “Revoltés” in order to assemble 3,500 young people at the Mutualité on June 29 and 30.
The Federation of Revolutionary Students calls on hundreds of thousands of students to fight for socialism, against capitalism, against reformist and Stalinist bureaucracies, BY JOINING ITS RANKS.
The Federation of Revolutionary Students calls on students to fight by the thousands under the flag of socialism!
The F.E.R. calls on students by the thousands to help build the revolutionary youth organization.
The FER calls all Paris students to its joint proclamation rally on May 10 in Paris at 8:30 p.m., at the Mutualité.
COME TO THE F.E.R. RALLY
Friday, May 10 at 8:30 p.m.at the Mutualité