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Photographs by Simos Tsapnidis, 1968. Copyright Manolis Daloukas. Archive Simos 1968/117,119,120,122,127. More Photos in our archives, all in High Resolution.
legislative elections took place on 23 and 30 June 1968 to elect the 4th French National
Assembly of the FifthRepublic. They were held in the aftermath of
the events of May 1968. On 30 May 1968, in a radio speech, President Charles de
Gaulle, who had been out of the public eye for three days (he was in Baden-Baden,
Germany), announced the dissolution of the National Assembly, and a new
legislative election, by way of restoring order.
workers went back to their jobs, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou campaigned for
the "defence of the Republic" in the face of the "communist
threat" and called for the "silent majority" to make themselves
heard. The Left was divided. The Communists reproached the Federation of the
Democratic and Socialist Left (FGDS) leader François Mitterrand for not having
consulted it before he announced his candidacy in the next presidential
election, and for the formation of a provisional government led by Pierre
Mendès-France. The Far-Left and the Unified Socialist Party protested against
the passivity of the left-wing parties. The Gaullist Union for the Defence of
the Republic became the first party in the FrenchRepublic's history to obtain an absolute