Sous les pavés, la plage!
"Sous les pavés, la plage!" ("Under paving stones, the beach!"), is a slogan from the May 1968 protest movement in France. It was coined by student activist Bernard Cousin, in collaboration with public relations expert Bernard Fritsch.
The phrase became a symbol of the events and popular movement during the spring of 1968, when the revolutionary students began to build barricades in the streets of major cities by tearing up street pavement stone. As the first barricades were raised, the students recognized that the stone setts were placed on top of sand.
The statement encapsulated the movement's views on urbanization and modern society in both a literal and metaphorical form.
- Mai 68 : le créateur de "Sous les pavés, la plage" est mort, at La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest; published April 15, 2014; retrieved June 13, 2018
- «Sous les pavés la plage», «Il est interdit d’interdire»... les slogans phares de mai 68, at CNews; published January 26, 2018; retrieved June 13, 2018
- Further reading (in French)