When I arrived in Strasbourg in 1958 or ’59, it was right in the middle of the Algerian War, and I had only been in Strasbourg for about three weeks, maybe, when a group of guys came up to me. They were the future Situationists of Strasbourg — or maybe they were already a little bit Situationist. They said to me: „We need your support: we’re going to set up a maquis in the Vosges. We’re going to make a military base in the Vosges, and from there spread out over the whole country. We’re going to derail trains.“ I replied: „But the army and the police . . . you aren’t sure of having the support of the population. You’re precipitating a catastrophe.“ So they began to insult me and call me a traitor. And, after a little while, a few weeks, they came back to see me and told me: „You were right, it’s impossible. It’s impossible to set up a military base in the Vosges. We’re going to work on something else.“
So I found myself getting along with them, and afterward they became Situationists, the same group that wanted to support the Algerians by starting up military activity in France — it was crazy.
Fundstück: Henri Lefebvre über Straßbourger Situationisten