10 things you didn’t know about Bastille Day

Bastille Day on 14 July is one of the most significant dates on the French calendar. You’ll find public celebrations throughout France, with the biggest taking place in Paris, where a spectacular fireworks display lights up the Champs-Élysées and an impressive military parade marches through the streets.

The annual celebrations mark an important piece of French history. On 14 July 1789, a group of French peasants stormed the Bastille – a state prison – intending to seize the arms and ammunition held there, prompting the start of the French Revolution and symbolising the end of the monarchy.

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