On May 13, almost one million students, teachers, and workers marched in Paris demanding an end to police brutality and the patriarchal society, which required women to wear skirts to work and get their husbands' permission to open a bank account. During the general strike that month, over 11 million workers — or 22 percent of France — protested, and President Charles de Gaulle even fled the country to a base in Germany. While the unrest subsided, France was forever changed, becoming more liberalized.
Paris Students Riot
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