The French people began to feel oppressed because of all the German troops walking the streets, and many had began protests or demonstrations, but on April 30 of 1947, they realized that they could be violent based on the English Rebellion that had taken place just weeks earlier. On April 30, protesters rioted in the streets and destroyed German property, but did not kill any Germans.
Hitler Takes Action
Hitler was unsure of what to do, as killing protesters that did not kill any German soldiers could spark a massive number of problems. On May 6, Hitler decided to allow German troops to carry night sticks to use against any violent protesters. On July 13, after 2 months of this strategy, the demonstrations grew steadily larger and more violent. German soldiers were being harassed constantly and Hitler decided he needed to stifle this once and for all. He ordered German soldiers to fire into the crowds, but try not to kill anyone. The crowds began dispersing within a few days, but a protester threw a molotov cocktail at a German tank, causing it to explode on July 21. This gave Hitler the opportunity he needed. On July 24, he ordered that anyone giving any sort of public protest would be shot on sight. On the 25th, 27 people were killed, a number that would steadily shrink until reaching 0 on August 11. At this point, it is widely believed that the French Uprising had ended. A few protests popped up on August 27 and September 9, but peace followed after those events.