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14th July is Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, an action which started the French Revolution. The Bastille symbolised the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI's Ancien Régime and by capturing it, the people were signalling that the king's power was no longer absolute and, henceforth, they would have a say in how the country would be run.

The day was declared the French national day, or la fête nationale, on 6th July 1880 and, nowadays, 14th July is a mix of pomp, ceremony and fun. All sorts of events take place across the country, including a military parade along the Champs Elysées and a spectacular firework display at the Trocadéro, which thousands flock to watch from the Champs de Mar and from various vantage points across the city. As they want to impress their friends on Facebook, two pandas have taken a 'selfie' in front of the Eiffel Tower, the night sky behind them lit up with a myriad of amazing technicoloured pyrotechnics!

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