Revisionists who link that heady time to the subsequent rise of neoliberalism forget the progressive progress that was made
Fifty years ago today, the “night of the barricades” in Paris’s Left Bank saw riot police mounting a sustained assault on student protesters. The students responded by throwing paving stones and molotov cocktails. More than 350 people were injured and 450 arrested. Already, protests were spreading throughout France. On 13 May the French trade unions called a general strike.