La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) 14th July

By Jodi R, Germany, July 2011

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In France, Bastille Day is a national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. An open act of rebellion against the monarchy that ushered in the beginning of the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille was the first step to establishing a republican government. Two days later, the king officially recognized the blue, white and red flag, symbolising liberty, equality and brotherhood. Today all that remains of the Bastille fortress prison is a small wall on the platform of Métro line 5.

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