Saturday, 14 July 2012

Le 14 juillet

On this day in 1789 the Bastille was stormed and symbolically the day came to be seen not only as a celebration of the French Republic (after the short-lived constitutional monarchy) but also as a rejection of the King's power. In 1880 law was passed enshrining le 14 juillet into the official public life of France.

Here in the Vendee we don't, historically, like republican anti-Catholic things (also they packed Vendeans into churches and set them on fire... nice) so on the 13th, there is a sardine festival, with much celebration late into the night so that they have a day long nap on le 14.

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