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France profonde

What France's 68ers think about Chirac

By Aarathi Prasad   May 2003

A strong wind whips up clouds of dust in front of the car. The muffled thump of artillery starts again, too close for comfort. Have I taken a wrong turning? Ahead, a small knot of soldiers watch me intensely. Four light tanks clatter their way across the road. But this is France profonde, the Larzac plateau. Incongruously, it is an exercise ground for the French military and home to perhaps a hundred middle-aged leftovers from May 1968. I have coffee with two of them, Marc, a wood-turner, and Christine, who makes hats. I want to know what they think about…

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