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‘Beauty is in the street’: The iconic posters and slogans of May ’68

"Essential revolution". Photo AFP

This year France celebrates the 50th anniversary of May '68, the month when the country became a hotbed of revolutionary zeal. Here are 11 posters that capture the mood of the time.

Half a century on, the May 1968 demonstrations that brought millions of idealistic students and striking workers to the streets remain a watershed moment in France's cultural history.

Sexual liberation, artistic creativity and anti-capitalism were the order of the day. For those who were there, it was an unforgettable time.

Here are 11 posters that sum up the mood of the time.

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A provocative poster, saying, "Our only hope: De Gaulle" with Charles De Gaulle's name replacing Hitler's. De Gaulle wasn't President of France at the time.

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"Essential revolution"

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A poster reading, "Be young and shut up".

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"When parents vote, children suffer"

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"We are all Jewish and German" says this poster, depicting French and German former student leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit. The slogan refers to the attacks made on Cohn-Bendit for his German and Jewish roots.

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"Bourgeois, you didn't understand anything"

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"Beauty is in the street"

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A poster reading "Yes to Barbouze (French slang for 'spook'), yes to sex parties, yes to Pompidouze (a play on words referring to former French Prime minister and President George Pompidou)".

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"Winter will be rigorous"

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"Beaux Arts Academy is closed but revolutionary art is born"

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"Don't be sheep"

All ten posters are part of the Laurent Storch collection which recently went on display in Paris.

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