Bastille Day 2019!

Bonjour, mes amis! Today marks Independence Day in France, known as le 14 juillet. Meant to commemorate the storming of the Bastille as a sign of protest against the monarchy, it has since become the national holiday of the country, as millions of people take the day off to spend time with family, watch fireworks at the …

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Bastille Day 2018

Bonjour, mes amis! Today (July 14th) marks the 229th anniversary of the storming of the eponymous prison-tower during the French Revolution, followed by the unity of the French people exactly a year after. Known as "la fête Nationale" in France, it's celebrated throughout the country with the day off from work, along with partying and …

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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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