Bastille Day

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Patrouille de France over Avenue des Champs-Élysées © David Monniaux/cc-by-sa-2.0-fr

Patrouille de France over Avenue des Champs-Élysées © David Monniaux/cc-by-sa-2.0-fr

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.

The Storming of the Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houël at Bibliothèque nationale de France Fête de la Fédération on July 14th at Champ-de-Mars by Charles Thévenin at Musée Carnavalet Château de Versailles © Trizek/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bastille Day on Avenue des Champs-Élysées © Rama/cc-by-sa-2.0 14th July fireworks in Paris © flickr.com - Celeste Hutchins/cc-by-2.0 Patrouille de France over Avenue des Champs-Élysées © David Monniaux/cc-by-sa-2.0-fr
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Fête de la Fédération on July 14th at Champ-de-Mars by Charles Thévenin at Musée Carnavalet
The Bastille Day Military Parade opens with cadets from the École Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, École Navale, and so forth, then other infantry troops, then motorized troops; aircraft of the Patrouille de France aerobatics team fly above. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France’s allies to the parade; in 2004 British troops, in 2007 the German 26th Airborne Brigade.

The president used to give an interview to members of the press, discussing the situation of the country, recent events and projects for the future.

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