Happy Bastille Day!


P&O Ferries has been the link between Britain and France for many decades. John Hillman takes the opportunity to wish the French Republic a very happy birthday.

Bon Fete Nationale! Today is Bastille Day and as celebrations take place across France, to mark the most important day in their calendar, we would like to take this opportunity to offer our neighbours our warmest salutations.

The 14th of July marks the day in 1789 when the citizens of Paris, convinced of an imminent attack from royal forces, launched a full scale assault on the Bastille, a Parisian prison and military stronghold that was widely viewed as a symbol of monarchical despotism.

The event, which led to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, was a tipping point in world history and one of the most significant events to take place in Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire.

It was a political revolution that fused with Britain’s industrial revolution to give birth to the modern world of liberal democracy and capitalism that we all know today but, unfortunately, not without a great deal of bloodshed and misery first, as is the human-beings way.

Today Nikolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni will be hosting a garden party at the Palais de l’Elysée, the cream of the French military will be parading down the Champs-Élyées and outside Paris French workers will be keeping the spirit of the revolution alive by threatening to blow up a factory unless they get paid. Vive la Revolution!


Image Credit: The Alieness Gisela Giardino

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