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You probably know that 14 July is Bastille Day, but do you know what it’s called in French? (Hint: it’s not "jour de Bastille.") Do you know the history behind Bastille Day, or how it’s celebrated in France? This page has links to everything you could possibly want to know.
Brief introduction to Bastille Day and the French Revolution (reading comprehension)
Think you know what it’s all about? Let’s find out!
Sound file with transcript and translation about the storming of the Bastille (listening/reading comprehension)
If you think Les Misérables is about Bastille Day or the French Revolution, think again (listening/reading comprehension)
Video about the 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice (listening/reading comprehension)
No relation to the Parisian prison (reading comprehension)
7 things you might not know about Bastille
- La prise de la Bastille (worksheet, 10th – 12th grade)
- French Revolution (interactive quiz, 8th to 12th grade)
- Independence days around the world (article, 7th – 9th grade)
Notes, Further Reading, and Resources
Bastille Day is one of the symbols of France (others are Marianne, the flag, the Marseillaise …)
The Open University offers a free online course about le Quatorze Juillet for intermediate French learners.
Here’s what l’Élysée has to say: La fête nationale du 14 juillet
And the Office du Tourisme de Paris: Bastille Day in Paris
Bastille Day is one of 11 official French holidays, known as jours fériés.
Did you know that there are 7 names for France?