14 Jul, 2012 Bastille Day, France's national holiday on July 14, is seen as the symbol of the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic.
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Bastille Day, France's national holiday on July 14, is seen as the symbol of the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic.


It was on July 14 in 1789 that the French mob stormed the Bastille Prison in Paris, triggering the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and the aristocracy. As a historical symbol of revolt against injustice, Bastille Day is commemorated world-wide. In Paris, festivities are held on the Champs-Élysées, in front of the President of the Republic.

Celebrate Bastille Day in traditional French style with these authentic recipes. Click on the image for the full recipe.