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Future History 1968: Students And Workers Shut Down France

Watch the latest episode in our series exploring the year that shaped the world as we know it.

Posted on June 23, 2018, at 2:56 p.m. ET

Charles de Gaulle, France's "father of the nation," transformed the country with his leadership when he became president.

But when French youth began rioting and organizing protests, he refused to act — and eventually found himself facing a nationwide strike.

Watch it unfold in the latest episode of Future History: 1968.

Future History: 1968 is a new series that lets you witness one of the wildest years in history the way you witness the news now. Follow us on Facebook Watch for new episodes each week 🤳