The French Revolution of May 68

Date: Saturday 26th October
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Alan Woods

In May 1968, the students of Paris took to the streets, sparking a movement that peaked with the biggest general strike in history, as 10 million workers across France downed their tools and occupied factories.

Charles de Gaulle fled the country and the workers could have taken power, had it not been for the betrayals of the Communist leaders.

Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism and renowned Marxist author, was present in Paris during the May days, participating in this mass movement. 50 years on, he introduces this plenary session on the lessons from these revolutionary events.

Recommended reading: The French Revolution of May 1968