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Why May 68 still matters: Fifty years on, France remembers iconic movement

What's left of May 68? Fifty years ago today, French students occupied Nanterre University. They would change France forever, through protests and riots, calls for freedom and a challenge to an established order that had never been challenged by its own children. How have the ideals of yesteryear morphed into the reality of today? 50 years ago, it was an ideological battle for more freedom, equality and an open society. What's left of that in today's student and union movements in France?

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Produced by Charles WENTE, Tommaso MAZZANTI and Laure FOURQUET.

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