"Ulrike Meinhof? Nanterre 1968?"

German journalist and left-wing militant Ulrike Marie Meinhof (1934-1976) co-founded the Red Army Faction in 1970. She was arrested two years later, and subsequently died in prison before her trial ended.

In May 1968, Paris saw a staggering 11 million workers go on a two-week strike, almost bringing President Charles de Gaulle's government to its knees.

Car barricades in Paris in 1968.
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Meanwhile, students from the city’s Sorbonne University erected obstacles on May 3 in support of their peers at the University of Paris at Nanterre, which had closed after months of tension and trouble.

By May 6, the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF) had joined forces with the union of university teachers. They marched in protest against the police who had entered the Sorbonne in a bid to restore calm. Hundreds of students were arrested and many barricades and obstacles were erected in an attempt to keep the police out.