On 19 November 1964, Le Nouvel Observateur, an independent left-wing French weekly, was founded with the support of Pierre Mendès-France and Jean-Paul Sartre. Still run by the two founders, Jean Daniel and Claude Perdriel, the current issue is a special 40th anniversary number. The mag itself sets out 40 battles worth fighting today. Admittedly, I didn't get too far with those, but a special supplement reprints highlights from the past 40 years' coverage.
Some snippets (forgive any clumsy translations):
"I have always felt deeply that progress is the participation of increasingly large numbers of individuals in the determination of their own destiny."
Pierre Mendès-France, calling on readers to vote for Mitterrand in the December 1965 presidential election (No 50; 27 October, 1965)
"My political convictions do not prevent me from believing in God and the teachings of the Church. And I also believe that the Catholic Church would feel much more at ease in aligning itself with socialism rather than capitalism, because Christ was a socialist."
Bernadette Devlin, interviewed by Yvon Le Vaillant (No 250; 25 August, 1969)
"How can you be on the left and allow the massacre of two million individuals? The massacre of Biafrans is the the bigget massacre in modern history after that of the Jews, let's not forget."
Bernard Kouchner, on his return from Biafra as a Red Cross doctor (No 271; 19 January, 1970)
"People find it easier to contemplate their death than their old age."
Simone de Beauvoir (No 279; 16 March, 1970)
"The revolution has begun. We have been present at the destruction of fascism. Fascism here rested on two basic pillars: the political police – the Pide-GDS – and censorship. The military (led by General Spinola) have abolished censorship and have also destroyed the political police."
Mario Soares, general secretary of the Portuguese Socialist Party (No 496; 13 May, 1974)
Go take a look.