What is Bastille Day and why is it celebrated?

Romain Fathi, Claire Rioult

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French people travelling to or living in English-speaking countries are sometimes surprised when asked about their plans for “Bastille Day”: they refer to the day as Quatorze Juillet (14 July).

France’s National Day is not really about the storming of the Bastille, and the day’s English language name conveys a misleading image. But it gives us an interesting glimpse into how the English-speaking world imagines France’s revolutionary past.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021


  • Bastille Day
  • France
  • Celebration


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