May 1968 protest refers to a particular period in French history. During this time, the country saw the largest general strike, resulting in the economy coming to a virtual standstill, commencing with a series of student occupation protests. The strike involved eleven million workers for a continuous two weeks, and its impact was such that it almost caused the collapse of President Charles de Gaulle’s government.
In staging wildcat strikes, the movement contrasted with the labor unions and the French Communist Party (Parti Communiste Français, PCF), which began to side with the de Gaulle government. Groups revolted against modern consumer and technical society and embraced left-wing positions that were critical of authoritarianism and Western capitalism.
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