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Marx200: the Paris Commune and the Marx family

The Paris Commune only lasted from March 28 to May 28, 1871 but it inspired Karl Marx and continues to inspire and inform socialists today, argues Judy Cox The Paris Commune transformed the international socialist movement and irrevocably changed the lives of the entire Marx family. 18e March 1871, the French government surrenders to the […]

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Paris in flames as the Communards are defeated – archives 1871 | France

ST. DENIS, WEDNESDAY.Heavy fighting continues around the Town Hall. At 5 p.m., the cannonade was loud and incessant. It is reported that the Tuileries, the Louvre with all its works of art and the Council of State were set on fire by the Federals. The German officers confidently declare that the Commune will be defeated […]

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May 1968: a month of revolution pushes France into modernity

Just six weeks after France’s leading newspaper, Le Monde, said the country was “boredToo bored to join ongoing youth protests in Germany and the United States, Parisian students occupied the Sorbonne, one of Europe’s most illustrious universities. It was May 3, 1968, and the events that followed the following month – mass demonstrations, street battles […]

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French authorities decide to evict a decade-old commune and demolish unique structures

Residents of ZAD flee as police forces approach on April 9 (photo courtesy of Zad Forever) In the early morning of Monday April 9, the French police began an invasion of the ZAD (Zoned to defendWhere “Area to defend“) in an attempt to evacuate around 300 activists from the site of an abandoned airport project. […]