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Bastile84 people killed and over 150 wounded when a terrorist ploughed with his truck through a crowd of thousands enjoying Bastille Day celebration in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.

It was the worst terror attack in France since terrorists struck in Paris in November 2015, killing 130 people and injuring over 250 near a stadium.

Now, let us learn what is Bastille day and how it is celebrated:

WHAT IS BASTILLE DAY

  • France has a national holiday every year on 14 July to celebrate a mob breaking into a 18th century Parisian prison.
  • The date marks the beginning of republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule
  • The Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison, was a symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority in central Paris and had held many political dissidents

HOW IS IT CELEBRATED?

  •  A public holiday in France, the day is celebrated with an abundance of fireworks, communal eating and parades
  •  Along the historic Champs-Elysee avenue, a military parade take place where French troops march, ride and drive with world leaders in attendance

SIGNIFICANCE

  • While there are key events in the lead up to 14 July, the storming of the Bastille proved to revolutionaries across Paris and France that the power of King Louis and his control over his armed forces was nominal at best
  • It became the flash point for the revolution to spread and eventually lead to the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy and the execution of Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette

 

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