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France’s Bastille Day celebrations

 

Source: PIB

 

Context: PM Modi thanked the French President for the invitation as Guest of Honour at France’s Bastille Day celebrations

 

About Bastille Day:

The National Day of France, also known as Bastille Day, is celebrated on July 14 every year.
What was Bastille?The Bastille was a fortress prison located in the heart of Paris, which had become a symbol of royal tyranny and oppression.

 

HistoryThe fall of the Bastille is widely considered the beginning of the French Revolution. The event also marked the beginning of a period of intense violence and social upheaval in France.
French Revolution (1789 – 1799)A significant period of social and political upheaval in France was characterized by the overthrow of the French monarchy, the establishment of a republic, and the execution of thousands of people, including King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.
SignificanceThe fall of the Bastille symbolized the people’s victory over the monarchy and the end of the old regime. The event led to the abolition of feudalism, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, and the establishment of the First French Republic.
Global ImportanceThe principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity espoused during the French Revolution have had a profound impact on the world’s political and social landscape. These values have influenced many other revolutionary movements throughout history.