Bastille Day Celebrations In France

July 13th, 2009 - 9:08 pm ICT by GD  

bastille-day-1Come July 14 and the world will see France celebrate with aplomb its national holiday of Bastille Day. Every year this day is observed throughout the nation with much gusto, the very day that is celebrated in an act of remembrance of the storming of the Bastille prison, which had taken place in history. On the July 14, 1789, a group of enraged Parisians had stormed in to the Bastille prison (a fortress and prison in France, where affluent prisoners were kept) with the hope of seizing the ammunition kept there. It was an act of defiance against the monarchical oppression, the cry for the rise of democracy. That very event had been the sole factor to have kicked off the French Revolution and had been the determining cause in the complete change of course in the history of the world.

This year India will also get to be a part of the reminiscence of an historic event, as Indian troops are also supposedly going to feature in the military parade at the Bastille Day. A gallant contingent of 400 strong detachment are going to be marching down the Champs Elysees in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said, “India has a primary role on the international scene, and we support India’s candidacy to become a UN Security Council permanent member.”

French soldiers marching in the parade would also be featuring units who have recently returned from operations in countries like Afghanistan and Lebanon; they will be given much prominence in the ceremony. The celebrations have always been cordoned in high security since an attempted attack was staged on French president Jacques Chirac way back in 2002.

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