Bonne Fête Nationale! Happy Bastille Day!

July 14th is an important national holiday in France, as Bastille Day commemorates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on that day in 1789.

“The Storming of the Bastille” a watercolor painting by Jean-Pierre Houël

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This first act of the French Revolution quickly became a major date in French history, and every year since 1880, the French Republic has celebrated its national day with a traditional military parade on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in front of enthusiastic crowds and the French President. An aerial show also takes place in the skies above Paris with hundreds of aircraft and helicopters participating, including the “Patrouille de France”.

 

This was the scene in Paris this morning. You can watch the whole parade on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zBunzEuuUE

In the evening the festivities continue with a grand concert, and at around 11.00 p.m. there is a magnificent firework display over Paris; this takes a different theme each year.

Photo: Yann Caradec,Paris, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.

In Salon de Provence there is a parade through the streets, and they also celebrate with a public firework display, although if the Mistral is blowing, the fireworks don’t take place!

Wishing all our friends in Salon de Provence a happy and enjoyable celebration.

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