Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.In French, it is formally called Fête nationale (pronounced [fɛt nɑsjɔnal]; "National Celebration") and commonly and legally le 14 juillet (French pronunciation: [lə katɔʁz(ə) ʒɥijɛ]; "the 14th of July").
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Bastille Day (released as The Take in North America and on international home release) is a 2016 action thriller film co-written and directed by James Watkins.It is a Luxembourgian, French and American venture produced by Anonymous Content, Vendôme Pictures, TF1 Films Production and StudioCanal.
The Bastille Day Flare or Bastille Day Event was a powerful solar flare on July 14, 2000, the national day of France, occurring near the peak of the solar maximum in solar cycle 23.   The X5.7-class flare originated from a sunspot known as Active region 9077, which subsequently caused an S3 radiation storm on Earth fifteen minutes later ...
The Bastille was a prison in Paris, France. It was destroyed during the French Revolution on 14 July 1789. It was attacked by rebels from the "third estate" (the people). This event is considered the beginning of the French Revolution. Today in France, the 14 July, Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day, is a national holiday
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The Bastille Day military parade, also known as the 14 July military parade, translation of the French name of Défilé militaire du 14 juillet, is a French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880, almost without exception. The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde where the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors to France stand. It is a popular event...
As the President of the French Republic arrives via a convoy of the Republican Guard to the Arc de Triomphe, he is greeted by the parade commander, who informs him that the parade is now ready for inspection. He then rides the Chief of Defense Staff's vehicle to inspect the troops on the Champs-Elysées escorted by troopers and officers of the Republican Guard's cavalry regiment and its mounted band, waving on the crowds lining up on the boulevard. After he disembarks from the vehicle he ...
Originally a popular feast, Bastille day became militarised during the Directory. Under Napoleon, the celebration lost much of its importance, though it came back into fashion during the Third Republic. The Fourteenth of July became the official national celebration on 28 June 18
On the occasion of 14 July 1919 parade in Paris, detachments from all of France's World War I allies took part in the parade, together with colonial and North African units from France's overseas Empire. The latter, most notably squadrons of Algerian Spahis mounted on Arab horses
In 1971 female personnel were included for the first time amongst the troops parading. Under Valéry Giscard d'Estaing the parade route was changed each year with troops marching down from the Place de la Bastille to the Place de la République to commemorate popular ...
The parade involves around 8,800 soldiers, 360 vehicles, 240 horses and more than 80 planes and helicopters. It is the biggest regular military parade in Western Europe.
The cavalry regiment of the Republican Guard opening the motorised parade
Fusiliers-marins from Toulon naval base parading in Toulon.
Band of the Brazilian Marines, guest participants in 2005
The Bastille was built in response to a threat to Paris during the Hundred Years' War between England and France. Prior to the Bastille, the main royal castle in Paris was the Louvre, in the west of the capital, but the city had expanded by the middle of the 14th century and the eastern side was now exposed to an English attack.
- Destroyed, limited stonework survives
- Medieval fortress, prison
Bastille Day, in France and its overseas departments and territories, holiday commemorating the fall on July 14, 1789, of the Bastille, in Paris. Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually came to be used as a state prison and later came to symbolize the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy.