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  1. Sartre was a “new left” and thus was critical of both what is called the “realization of socialism” in the USSR and the capitalist system. He was an anti-war activist, opposed the military presence of the United States and its allies in Vietnam, and also called for the dismantling of the colonial system, for which the OAS even wanted to kill him. He took an active part in the Red Day of May 1968, and was detained during another protest that turned into riots. When de Gaulle found out about this, he ordered Sartre released, saying: “France does not imprison Voltaires.”

  2. As an existentialist philosopher, as a person who has been in war, in captivity, in occupation, of course, he opposed any violence against a person, which can also be traced in his political views. More specifically, he collaborated with the Communist Party, even writing for some Maoist newspaper

  3. Jean-Paul Sartre held left-wing political views, condemned colonialism, and supported revolutionary regimes. In particular, he was a member of the Communist Party of France, and once even frapped Simone de Beauvoir's parents by appearing at their dinner in a red shirt (although he later broke with the party for ideological reasons, considering it insufficiently revolutionary and disappointed in some of its decisions).

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