Category Archives: French history

Forget Wisdom of Markets, Storm the Bastille!

Wait a minute, those barbarians at the gate, they don’t look like Jacobins. They’re wearing Armani suits. They’re investment bankers, tired of toxic debt, demanding a bail out! About the image: Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel [Source: Wikimedia … Continue reading

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Surrealist Manifesto Sells for Real Money

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.” “Had this yearning been for money, rather than revolutionary art,” says the Guardian, André Breton would today have seen his dream realised, on learning that a selection … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: La Liberté guidant le peuple

Eugène Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People. 1830. Louvre, Paris. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]] La Liberté guidant le peuple – 28 July 1830

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Café Mouffe: Paris S’eveille

Paris S’eveille by Jacques Dutronc became an anthem for the student revolt in May 1968. Il est cinq heures, Paris s’eveille (“It’s 5 a.m., Paris wakes up”). Café Mouffe opens every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: Documenting May 1968

Protesters march down Boulevard Saint Michel on May 10, 1968. The banner reads: “Sorbonne Teachers Against Repression. [Photo by Serge Hambourg/via Art Knowledge News] French photojournalist Serge Hambourg documented the turbulent student revolt in Paris in the spring of 1968  … Continue reading

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