Interview with Olivier Rolin
mediaposted on 11.03.2021, 09:45 by Robert GildeaRobert Gildea
Vietnam War/ Union des Jeunesses Communistes (marxistes-léninistes)/Flins/ Gauche Prolétarienne/Nouvelle Résistance Populaire/Solidarity
Born 17 May 1947, Boulogne-Billancourt. Father military doctor, joined De Gaulle’s Free French, postwar colonial civil servant and diplomat, but rather anti-militaristic/colonialist.
Lycée Louis le Grand, Paris and École Normale Supérieure (1967)
Through opposition to the Vietnam War. Joined Union des Jeunesses Communistes (marxistes-léninistes), UJC (ml) 1966, while at Lycée.
Active defending workers on strike at Flins June 1968.
Joined Gauche Prolétarienne and ran its military wing, the Nouvelle Résistance Populaire. Lived with ‘Chloe’ (Eve) while in GP.
Casual work in 1970s – translating for Mellon foundation, driving lorries, till found job at Le Seuil 1979. Published novels with Seuil from 1983.
Took supplies to Poland at time of Solidarity.
self-criticism for use of violence under pseudonym Antoine Liniers, ‘Objections contre une prise d'armes’ in François Furet, Antoine Liniers & Philippe Raynaud, Terrorisme et démocratie (Fayard, 1986).
Around 1968: Activism, Networks, Trajectories
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