Post by David Tenner
Note that *six* countries are occupying France: Germany, Italy, Spain,
Switzerland, Belgium, and the UK. Also note the German *republican* flag,
which apparently eliminates the possibility that it is an Imperial or Nazi
Germany doing the occupying...
May 1968: De Gaulle is _not_ assured of the army's support, and disappears
(he's later found sneaking into Quebec in disguise), leaving France without
a President or any effective government. Prime MInister Georges Pompidou
tries to continue, but can neither govern nor hold an election, while the
country descends into chaos.
June: Daniel Cohn-Bendit declares the Second Paris Commune, headed by
himself and Alain Krivine. The government is forced out of Paris, taking
most of the National Assembly members with it (the others joint the
Strikes in transport services, manufacturing, and farming (against the
wishes of the unions) make France ungovernable. Pompidou asks for assistance
at the UN.
July: The countries bordering on France meet and decide to send in troops to
restore order (the US is embroiled in Vietnam and an election campaign, and
the assassination of the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination
causes so many problems that President Johnson feels unable to join the
effort in even a token way). Switzerland and Belgium, being smaller, occupy
only token parts of the country. The main effort is made by West Germany,
Spain, Italy, and the UK.