Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Bastille Day: Everything you need to know about the French holiday

Bastille Day marks the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, by angry Parisian crowds.

This seismic act demonstrated that ordinary people would no longer accept the absolute power of the king and signalled the start of the French Revolution which forced the creation of the modern French Republic.

The July 14 “Fête de la Fédération” – which marked the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille – became a French national holiday in 1880 and has been observed ever since.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/bastille-day-everything-need-know-french-holiday/

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