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Bastille Day Facts

·  In France, Bastille Day is called ‘Fete National’ (national holiday) or ‘quatorze juillet’ (14th of July).

·  The day actually commemorates the Fete de la Federation held on 14 July 1790 which took place on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

·  Only seven prisoners were being held inside the Bastille prison when it was stormed on 14 July 1789.

. It was not until 1880 that France officially recognised the 14th July as a yearly national holiday - when legislation was pronounced it was said that Bastille Day should be “celebrated with all the brilliance that their local resources allow.”

. The President also has the authority on this day to pardon criminals or petty offenders but President Sarkozy declined to continue this practice.

.    Entry to the Louvre is free on Bastille Day.

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