Jean-Pierre Rey: Girl Waving Flag During General Strike, Paris, May 1968
LIFE‘s May 24, 1968 coverage of the Paris uprisings:
The street battle of Paris began with student demonstrations and swiftly escalated into savage warfare. Rock-throwing bands charged up the boulevards. Police, led by the elite and detested Compagnies Républicained de Sécurité, and Gardes Mobiles, charged over cobblestone barricades the student built and attacked without restraint or discrimination. Men and women, rioters and bystanders alike, felt the truncheon and choled on toxic gas. Streets already strewn with rubble and burning automobiles were further clogged by a general strike as workers and leftists rallied in support of the students (above). Finally the government ordered the police to pull back and the students–at a cost of 10 dead and 1,500 injured–appeared to have carried the day.