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Daemon
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Bastille Day

The Bastille was a 14th-century fortress that became a notorious state prison in Paris. An angry mob assaulted the Bastille—which had come to symbolize the French monarchy's oppression of the people—on July 14, 1789, freeing the political prisoners held there and launching the French Revolution. July 14 has been celebrated since that time in France as Fête Nationale, as well as in French territories in the Pacific, with parades, fireworks and dancing in the streets. In Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia, it is called Tiurai or Heiva, and is celebrated for most of the month. More...
renofats
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:08:15 PM
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The article is misleading in that one could infer from it that there were political prisoners held there on 14 July 1789, when actually there were only seven persons there at the time, none of whom was being held for political reasons. It is true that one was a nobleman, but he was being held on a charge of incest.
MechPebbles
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:48:57 PM

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Something worth reading in Today's Holiday.
thar
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 5:25:53 PM

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Not to disrespect the importance of the storming of the Bastille to the French conciousness, but I do have that nagging feeling that when the people of Tahiti and French Polynesia celebrate it for a whole month, I suspect it has either been melded with some local festival, or comes under that ancient tradition of 'any excuse for a......'Dancing
Zippy
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:11:31 PM

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Off with their heads!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:16:29 AM

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Best day to be in Paris, on the grounds that most of the locals have buggered off for the weekend.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:51:54 AM

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