Bastille Day is the common English name given to the National French Day, or “Fête nationale”. Celebrated every 14th of July and also regularly called “le 14 juillet” in French, Bastille Day is a national holiday in France. It refers to the storming of the Bastille prison during the French revolution on July 14, 1789 - the event that marked the transition from the traditional monarchy to the French republic. La Fête nationale is celebrated all across France with local parties, dances and midnight fireworks. In Paris, an important military parade takes place in the morning on the Champs-Elysées. The ceremony is always attended by the French president, diplomatic delegations and sometimes foreign heads of state. The event is extremely popular and is broadcasted on national television.
Sadly, the 14th of July might now remind people of the 2016 terrorist attack in Nice when a truck intentionally drove into crowds on the Promenade des Anglais. However, Bastille Day will continue to truly represent the core values of the republic, the ideas of Western democracies and France’s motto, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”
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