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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day ~ Vive la France!

July 14th is the French national holiday, la Fête Nationale, du 14 Juillet. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789. Bastille Day has a strong significance to the French as Independence Day has to Americans. As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence initiated the start of the American Revolution, the storming of the Bastille began the French Revolution. In both countries, the national holiday thus symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government that brought Liberty to the people. Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, the king officially recognized the French tricolor flag-the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and fraternity.

Here is a video with music of the French National Anthem

" La Marseillaise",

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