The Alliance Française de Sydney is exhibting 10 posters from May'68 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest strike of France.
During much of May 1968, Paris was engulfed in the worst rioting since the Popular Front era of the 1930s.
As the May revolt erupted, de Gaulle was on the verge of celebrating his 10th year in office. He had acceded to power in 1958 via extra-constitutional means, because of the Fourth Republic’s disintegration at the height of the Algerian War (1954–62). French youth generally assumed that they were living under a quasi-benign political dictatorship. The two main opposition parties, the Radicals and the Socialists, had essentially collapsed, which meant that progressive political change via conventional parliamentary channels was all but ruled out.