From the Vaults: New York Times, July 24, 1970

It is not just in the USA and the UK that the population have had to put up with mad revolutionary socialists who do crazy things in pursuit of their idea of a better society. France has suffered its share of these lunatics as well. Below I copy an extract from a 1970 article in the New York Times that highlights the activities of some of these glorious revolutionaries.

Young French Radicals Seek to Spoil Vacations for Bourgeoisie

Henry Giniger

New York Times, July 24, 1970, p.6.

PARIS , July 23 – Here and there on the French vacation scene, small bands of young New Left revolutionaries are trying to make good their warning that they intend to spoil the summer pleasures of the bourgeoisie.

The Leftists, principally students who are Maoists or Trotskyists, have been spending the summer damaging expensive automobiles and daubing yachts, villas and cars with such slogans as, “Down with money” or “No vacations for the rich.” ….

The first blows were struck at the fashionable resort of Deauville last week when one Lamborghini sports car was wrecked by fire and a Ferrari and Mercedes were damaged. On Monday night in a Paris suburb an Oldsmobile and a Lancia were painted over with slogans and their tires slashed.

Yesterday in the big yacht basin at Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, 20 yachts were daubed with paint. “Mao” was painted in big letters on the stern of several boats.

Two white luxury cars and three villas were covered with slogans….

Class War, the group that came to prominence in Britain in the 1980s, would no doubt have been proud of these revolutionary historic acts.