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Why The French Must Dump Bastille Day

Posted on 20. Jun, 2011 by in Geography, History, Literature, News, People, Vocabulary

If you are the sort of person who does not blindly celebrate dates just because others do, here’s for you a résumé of Bastille Day’s “inside story”: Contrary to the prevailing popular belief, “Bastille Day” marked a disastrous hijacking of the French Revolution, operated at the behest of an often unsuspected hostile foreign power: Great Britain, whom the […]

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Le 14 Juillet and “Les 3 SUiSSES”

Posted on 15. Jul, 2010 by in Culture, History, Literature, Vocabulary

Demandez à n’importe qui au hasard (ask anyone randomly): “C’est quoi le 14 Juillet (what is the 14 of July)?”, and you’re likely to hear the answer “C’est la fête nationale!” (It’s the national celebration!) Mais encore? (What else?) “It’s to celebrate a singular event in l’histoire de France: la prise de la Bastille(the storming of the Bastille.)”� And […]

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