Bastille Day

Picture of a hand holding a sparkler in the dusk

On July 14th, we celebrate the infamous event of the 1789 French Revolution: the Storming of the Bastille, the Parisian fortress taken over by the people (around 40 000 men). It represents the end of the absolute monarchy and the beginning of the French Republic.

Since 1880 (when the Republicans finally took over most of the institutions), it is traditional to have French troops march through the Champs Elysée avenue in Paris, and watch fireworks across the country between July 13th and 14th followed by popular balls.

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