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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bastille Day Math

In 2015 Bastille Day will be celebrated on July 9 to commemorate the the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, in Paris on July 14, 1789.

Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually came to be used as a state prison. Political prisoners were often held there, along with citizens detained by the authorities for trial.

Some prisoners were held on the direct order of the king, from which there was no appeal.

Although by the late 18th century it was little used and was scheduled to be demolished, the Bastille had come to symbolize the harsh rule of the monarchy.

Military parade on the Champs Elysées in Paris
For the peasant class, the Bastille was a symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic government - controlled mostly by nobility and clergy.

On July 14, 1789 a mob approached the Bastille to demand the arms and ammunition stored there.

When the forces guarding the fortress resisted, the attackers captured the prison, releasing the seven prisoners held there.

Charles Dickens wrote an historical fiction novel based on this event, A Tale of Two Cities. This is a great summer read, if you haven't read it in a while.

The taking of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution and marked the entry of the popular class into the French Revolution

July 14th is often thought of as France's Independence Day

More accurately, it's the French National Day, often called la fête nationale in France.

Bastille Day became an official holiday in 1880.

From the beginning, speeches, military parades and fireworks, along with public revelry, were part of the celebration.

The slogan “Vive le 14 juillet!” (“Long live the 14th of July!”) has continued to be associated with the day.
The Bastille
Today, Parisians celebrate this national holiday with a grand military parade up the Champs Elysées, colorful arts festivals, and raucous parties marking the holiday.

Put the cassoulet in the oven, and join the celebration!

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