De Gaulle, Pompidou and May 1968
Brizzi argues that during the May crisis of 1968, the radio—in particular small, peripheral radio stations such as Europe n°1 and Radio-Luxembourg that broadcasted in France but were based abroad—became crucial to the flow of information about internal events in France at a time in which strikes affected the coverage of these events in mainstream television, radio and the press. During the protests, in particular during early May, the government was shown for the first time not to be in control of the dissemination of information. Brizzi focuses attention on the growing conflict in relations between the Élysée and Matignon that became visible in this period. De Gaulle’s misjudgements of the riots and his decision to maintain a low profile during the initial conflict is shown to have left a political vacuum that allowed the new Prime Minister, Georges Pompidou, to assert his authority and enact a shift in the balance of power.