Bastille Day

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The Bastille was a fortress-prison in Paris The Bastille held political prisoners whose writings had displeased the royal government, and was thus a symbol of the absolutism of the monarchy

Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, feudalism was abolished. On 26 August, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen) was proclaimed.