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What is Bastile Day?

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Yes, it's a French holiday. Think of it as the 4th of July for the French. Bastille Day represents the French Revolution in 1789 against the tyranny of King Louis XVI, who had brought upon starvation and injustice to the people. The classes were separated by too big of a margin, and on the 14th the people began to riot and stormed the famous French prison, la Bastille, releasing those prisoners taken by the King and arming themselves against their own government. In the end, they cut off his head.

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In France, the 14th of July is called "Bastille day" or "le quatorze juillet" (or Fête Nationale).

It commemorates a celebration in 1790, which itself honored the day in 1789 when the Bastille prison was stormed by a mob, marking the event as the beginning of the French Revolution. The citizens were reportedly only looking for ammunition in the fortress, but it was also a symbol of Royal authority in Paris.

Bastille day is all about when the peasants of France revolted against the authorities by storming the Bastille, a prison for political prisoners on 7th July 1789. The peasants were able to enter and overtake the building not because it wasn't well enough guarded or strong enough (It had extremly thick walls and there were lots of soldiers there) but because the governer of the Bastille at the time was useless at making desicions and so non of the soldiers knew what to do. Because of this, when the peasants demanded to be let in, the guards opened the door and let them walk right in!

The Storming ofthe Bastille is seen as the beginning of the French Revolution and there is a big celebration in France every year on the 7th July.

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