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Bastille Day

July 14

Bastille Day

On the 14th of July 1789. the Bastille Prison in Paris was stormed during the French Revolution. The people of France were dissatisfied with the rule of the royal family and wanted to get their hands on the gunpowder and weapons stored in the building.

At first, the protestors tried to persuade the guards to give them the weapons, but by late afternoon the angry crowd had made their way into the prison, took them, and freed the prisoners.

Also referred to as Quatorze Juillet (14th of July), it is celebrated as the French national day. The date was decided in 1880.

On Bastille Day, people spend time with their families and attend events such as dances and fireworks. A huge military parade is held on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Try some French food, like croissants or pain au chocolate.
  • Use straws to create a model of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Create a shield, logo or poster that displays the French motto ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite’ (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity).
  • Colour the French flag.

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