French National Day

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Jul 14, 2011 19:19
Today is the French National Day. On the 14th of July 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison in Paris where the king was able to arbitrarily send people by writing a simple letter. The storming of the Bastille is the symbol of the French Revolution.

Each year, a military parade is held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Military schools and army troops (infantry, helicopters, motorized troops) parade, sometimes with foreign armies that are invited. Then aircrafts of the Patrouille de France displays in the sky with smoke representing the national colors (blue-white-red) escaping from the reactors.

The president attends the event along with French officials and generally gives an interview to the press.

Of course the national anthem, La Marseillaise, is sung.

I'd like to see this event in Paris one day, one of the last patriotic events that exists in this country.

During the night, fireworks shows are held at the Eiffel Tower and all over the country.

You can currently follow the celebration on the France 2 channel.