Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Bastille Day! Vive la France!
Whatever you say, don’t call it Bastille Day. That’s a British term – the French call it the much more poetic ‘la fête du 14-Juillet’, or simply ‘la fête nationale’.
In fact, you don’t wish people ‘happy’ anything. Perhaps safest sticking with “Vive la France! Vive la République!” because that’s what it was all about.
The storming of the prison Bastille symbolized the start of the French Revolution. This is one of the many revolutions against the governments of the time. In the case of the French, this revolution did not go well for King Louis and Marie Antoinette. After several years of unrest in France a little man named Napoleon Bonaparte would appear on the scene of history.
Here are some words you can use today to show your support for France.
French Revolution – la Revolution Francaise
Republic – la Republique
French flag – le drapeau tricolore
Fireworks – le feu d’artifice
Military parade – le defile
Homeland – la patrie
Long Live France – Vive la France
Storming of the Bastille – la Prise de la Bastille
Eiffel Tower – la tour Eiffel
French national anthem – “La Marseillaise”
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