Bastille Day in Paris, July 14, 2012
A People's Revolution against the privileges of the elite ruling class
France has celebrated Bastille Day with a military parade along the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The celebration commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, symbolizing the birth of modern France.
During the reign of Louis XVI, France faced a major economic crisis, initiated by the cost of intervening in the American Revolution (and particularly never-consummated efforts to invade Britain), and exacerbated by a regressive system of taxation.
The storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris on the morning of 14 July 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris.
The storming of the Bastille and the subsequent Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was the third event of this opening stage of the revolution. The first had been the revolt of the nobility, refusing to aid King Louis XVI through the payment of taxes.
|The Foreign Legion|
|France's President Nicolas Sarkozy rides down the Champs Elysee in a military |
command car during the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris, July 14, 2011.
|France's Republican Guard ride down the Champs Elysee|
|French army Leclerc tanks from the 12th Cuirassier Regiment drive down the |
Champs-Elysees during the Bastille Day