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Charles De Gaulle’s government tried to quash the strikes with police action, but only succeeded in making the situation worse. Young people hurled paving stones at police in street battles, and ten million French workers throughout the country went on strike. This nearly led to the collapse of the government, and De Gaulle called for new elections. Almost as quickly as the student and worker revolution started, it was over by June 1968 when voters elected an even stronger De Gaulle administration.

Three days later at the Hôtel de Ville, Louis XVI was forced to kiss the new French tricolor. On July 14, 1790, the Festival of the Federation was celebrated on the Champs de Mars, and an estimated 300,000 attended a Mass at which the king swore an oath of loyalty to the constitution. Still, radical factions grew. On August 10, 1792, revolutionary troops joined a Parisian mob storming the Tuileries Palace, where the king lived and took him prisoner. In 1793, he and Queen Marie Antoinette were beheaded in the place de la Concorde.

Métro: Abbesses) ߜ On the median strip facing 72 bd. m. m. m. m. (Métro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre) Hundreds of farmers display animals and produce and win prizes for the biggest and best at Salon de l’Agriculture, a country fair in the heart of the city. Regional food stands offer tastes from all parts of France, and the atmosphere is friendly and quintessentially French at the Parc des Expositions de Paris, Porte de Versailles, 15e. For more information, call the Parc des Expositions information line at % 01-43-95-37-00 or the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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