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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Quatorze Juillet

La Fete Nationale. Bastille day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in July of 1789. Its a symbol of the beginning of a new, modern France. The storming of the Bastille is recognized as the start of the French Revolution. The prison held mostly political prisoners. Many were strong critics of the decaying monarchy, imprisoned because of their writings about the royal family. The people of Paris feared the royal military would attack their Representatives in the days following the Tennis Court Oath. In an effort to defend their cause, the populace of Paris stormed the prison which was known to store a large arsenal. This ignited the French revolution. The bloody struggle of a nation trying to impose freedom on its people.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Liberty, equality , fraternity