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May 16, 1968

The occupation of French factories begins

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After being on strike for 18 days, demanding a minimal wage, the reduction of the minimum age for retirement and the abrogation of the anti-strike laws of 1963, workers from a repair shop in Nantes decided, in view of the stagnation of negotiations, to occupy their factory. The workers of Sud-Aviation did the same thing the next day and then the workers of Renault automobile factories. From May 17, the strikes and occupations of factories were common all over France. Railroad and postal workers, as well as those of the public sector did the same thing. When the strike ended in June, nine million of workers were involved in it and 178 factories and repair shops had been occupied.

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