The Renault factory
in Boulogne-Billancourt is famous as the place where the factory occupations
of the 1936 Popular Front got started. Again in 1968, the workers of Boulogne-Billancourt
seized their factory during the May Events. As soon as the students learned
of the seizure a march was organized from the Sorbonne to the factory.
This picture from Paris Match shows the scene at the factory as the marchers
arrived. The workers are visible on the roof of the building, the students
below in the street. Together they sang the Internationale and cheered
each other on. My class in Greek philosophy with Derrida having been interrupted
by the Events, I too went on the march. I appear in this photo in the background
on the left reading a leaflet.