Friday, July 13, 2007

Bonne Fete Nationale!

France's National Holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison by the citizens of Paris in 1789. This act set in motion the eventual end of the monarchy and the abolition of feudalism in France.

Today it is celebrated with a huge military parade on the Champs-Elysees and parties and picnics pretty much like how the Americans celebrate the Fourth of July. One thing I think is pretty interesting is that the festivities on the eve of Quatorze Juillet are sponsored by the firefighters. But I guess it makes sense if you are commomorating an event that involved burnin' down the house, so to speak.

This year France elected a new president and today was his first Fete Nationale as such.
Here is a link to TF1 which has many cool videos of the events. I especially like the air shows.

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