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Poster - La Police vous parle tous les soirs à 20h.
  • La Police vous parle tous les soirs à 20h.
    Atelier Populaire
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La Police vous parle tous les soirs à 20h.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf 26

When French national radio and television went on strike in 1968, they commissioned posters from the French art students who formed the Atelier Populaire in Paris. During the strike, members of the Ministry for Home Affairs ran television and radio news bulletins at the request of the government. Many felt that they couldn't trust the pro-government propaganda coming over the air waves.
The message of this poster, produced at the height of political unrest, is that the television news is a form of thought control. Televisual messages were presented as all the more manipulative by contrast with the directness of this poster: the medium works to reinforce the meaning.

Physical description

Text on three lines across upper margin. Image of a police officer wearing a helmet, the nose of his rifle seen behind his shoulder, speaking into an ORTF (French National Radio and Television) microphone.

Place of Origin

Paris (Designed and printed)


1968 (Designed and printed)


Atelier Populaire (Maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

LA POLICE VOUS PARLE/ tous les soirs/ à 20 h.

above microphone


Height: 61.8 cm, Width: 45.9 cm

Descriptive line

Anti-French media poster produced by Atelier Populaire, Paris. France, 1968.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Texts and posters by Atelier Populaire: Posters from the Revolution - Paris, May 1968' by Atelier Populaire. London: Dobson. 1969.
Crowley, David and Jane Pavitt, Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970, London: V&A Publishing, 2008.

Production Note

made by students at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (poster workshop of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs)


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Rifle; Media; Helmet; Protest; Microphone; Police


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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