Bastille Day: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Liberty, equality, fraternity

These are the words fought for by the French people; words by which the French Republic stands. Bastille Day, celebrated on the 14th of July (le quatorze juillet), is the French national holiday and commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the fall of the monarchy. This pivotal event was the Storming of the Bastille, when the medieval fortress was taken by dissenters of the tyrannical French monarchy.

On Bastille Day, there are several well-known events that take place in France to celebrate the occasion. In Paris, there is a military parade that marches through the Champs-Elysées, and fireworks light up the sky all around the country, accompanying the blue, white and red flags that fly proudly.

French families and friends feast together on this day, so no matter where you are, why not celebrate with a delicious croissant, quiche, camembert or champagne?

How are you going to celebrate?

Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix
Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix, 1830

Military parade on Champs-Elysees
A military parade on Champs-Elysees