France’s Bastille Day Celebrations:
PM Modi thanked the French President for the invitation as Guest of Honour at France’s Bastille Day celebrations
- The National Day of France, also known as Bastille Day, is celebrated on July 14 every year
- The Bastille was a fortress prison located in the heart of Paris, which had become a symbol of royal tyranny and oppression.
- The 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.
- The 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.