What is Bastille Day, why is it important and what is the motto of France

What is Bastille Day, why is it important and what is the motto of France

The Bastille guarded the eastern entrance to the city to Paris during the 1300s, but was later used as a prison during the 17th and 18th centuries. Some prisoners were held on 

the direct order of the king, from which there was no appeal, so it came to symbolise the strict rule of the Bourbon monarchy The day marks the start of the French Revolution

when an angry mob stormed the Bastille on July 14 1789. The Encyclopaedia Britannica writes: “During the unrest of 1789, on July 14 a mob

approached the Bastille to demand the arms and ammunition stored there, and, when the forces guarding the structure resisted, the attackers captured the prison and 

released the seven prisoners held there. The taking of the Bastille signalled the beginning of the French Revolution, and it thus became a symbol of the end of the ancien régime.” 

The day became an official holiday on 1880, and has always been celebrated with shows of military might, parades and fireworks. 

The National Day of France, which is known as Bastille Day, is celebrated on 14 july every year. 

There are usually fireworks and parades, although this year’s celebrations have taken place in the shadow of the conflict in Ukraine. 

France celebrated its national holiday with thousands of French troops marching down the Champs-Elysees avenue alongside allies from Eastern Europe. The traditional 

parade also featured warplanes, military vehicles and a drone in a performance showing off France’s might and its military efforts to support Ukraine.