Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris

By Philippa Burne, UK, May 2012

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July 14 is an important day in Paris. Every year the city celebrates La Fete National, or Bastille Day, the day the French Revolution began in 1789 with the storming of the medieval fortress Bastille Prison.

The prison stood where Place de la Bastille is now and was used largely to house prisoners critical of the King and his government. To an increasingly hungry and dissatisfied French population it became symbolic of the unfairness of the system and storming it seemed a powerful way to make their voices finally be heard, even if, to their surprise, only seven prisoners were inside. The remains of the prison were demolished over the next few years but the site continued to be the focus of pro-democracy protests during coming decades as France fought to overthrow their monarchy, and finally become a democracy in 1849.

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