Bastille Day: French Independence Day

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Bastille Day: French Independence Day
"Bastille Day, on the Fourteenth of July, is the French symbol of the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution" (www.hightowertrail.com). Bastille Day is a national, symbolic, historical French holiday and is celebrated every July 14. To celebrate Bastille Day, also known as La Fete de la Bastille, French citizens remember the storming of the Bastille which was the first major event of the French revolution. Bastille was not just a prison, it was a symbolic figure of the regime of absolute monarchy. This is much like Independence Day in the United States because it is a holiday to start a new form of government. “At one time in France, kings and queens ruled. Many people were very angry with the decisions made by the kings and queens.” (Harris) France then under the rule of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, was an absolute monarchy. It wasn’t just the king and queen, who got to enjoy the royal desserts. Rich people and others who the king and queen liked were invited to dinner at the royal table, or to stay in the royal residence. While all the mobs starved in the streets.

King Louis XVI spent a lot of government’s money on luxury items, even when the government had some financial problems. One of the main requirements of Government was to protect his country from war and control. In the Seven Years War against England, France spent large sums of money for the war, but they still lost the war and had to give up their colonies in North America. Many French citizens considered this loss as a major humiliation. The country eventually went bankruptcy, the poor had little to no food and a growing middle class felt helpless about the future of their country. July 14, 1789 people banned together and broke into the Bastille prison, a symbol of a corrupt political system, from the revolution. "For the peasant class, the Bastille stood as a symbol of hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic...
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