Two childhood friends: the story of one photo

Two childhood friends locksmith Guy Burmieux and policeman Jean-Yvon Antignac met on opposite sides of the barricades. Saint-Brieuc, France, 1972.

Photographer Jacques Gormelen (Jacques Gourmelen), a representative of the regional newspaper Ouest-France, which covered local events.
What's happened. Workers received 1,000 francs for the 48-hour work week. They staged a demonstration to raise wages per hour by 70 cents.
From the memoirs of photographer Jacques Zhmerelen:
"I took the picture instinctively. In the city of Saint-Brieuc, workers of the Joint Français came to the demonstration. They were met by the CRS squad. Face-to-face, Guy Burmieux, a hard worker, and Jean-Yvon Antignac, a policeman. Guy recognized his old childhood friend and classmate. He resolutely went to meet his comrade. Tears of rage seized the man at that moment. He grabbed the policeman by the collar and shouted:
-Come on, hit me if you're with them!
Not a single muscle fluttered on the face of his comrade. "
According to the memories of Guy:
"I was part of the core of the rebel workers ... We spent the night there, drinking coffee and coffee. In the morning, the atmosphere was electrified.After the policemen, officers of the Republican security detachments suddenly appeared. There I met Jean-Yvon! "
The photo appeared first in the newspaper Quest-France, and then replicated by other newspapers, mostly left-wing radicals. About photos Guy learned from colleagues.
After the demonstration, Guy changed jobs and restored friendships with Jean-Yvon Antignac, regularly meeting a friend in a pub on Sundays in the morning. Guy even taught his son Jean-Yvon at the factory.
Based on the photographs, the film was created: "Class Brothers" (Frères de classe) by director Christophe Cordier, who went to the prototypes.

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