Tuesday, February 12, 2008

La Belle Epoch

In France they call them the soixante-huitards [’68-ers]; perpetrators and fellow-travellers of les evenements de Mai, the epochal Paris student riots of May 1968. Now middle-aged and more bourgeois than the hated bourgeoisie they sought to bring down, the soixante-huitards and their counterparts around the globe have spent this thirtieth anniversary year of the evenements romanticising or justifying the rebellious and detrimental domino effect their riots set in train.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh for the days when troubled "youths" had names like Jacques, Alphonse, and Pierre.