Bastille Day!

Bastille Day in France!

The Finicky Cynic

Bonjour, mes amis!

I know that I’m currently in the middle of recounting my adventures while traveling in Asia this summer (if you haven’t been reading them, you can start here). But I would like to take a break to reflect on a special day today for France, as it is Bastille Day, aka “le 14 juillet”or “la fête nationale”for the prominent European country.

As you know from history textbooks, Bastille Dayis a national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a prison-fortress in Paris, back on July 14, 1789. The event was a reaction towards thepeople’s unhappiness with the French monarchy, then under the rule of Louis XVI and his queen, the famous Marie Antoinette. French citizens gathered outside of the prison-fortress, demanding its surrender, as it was a symbol of monarchic tyranny. Cannon shots were fired, attackers were killed by the…

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