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Bastille Day

By Remy Benoit

July 14 is a very special day in France. It is Bastille Day, marking the storming of the Bastille Prison and the end of absolute monarchy in France.

From Tseguereda Mogues 14 JULY -- A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN FRANCE.

Some here in the states have a tradition of watching Casablanca and standing to sing along with the Marseillaise.

Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé ! (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes !

For the complete lyric, French and English La Marseillaise L'Hymne national français.

From Lafayette to the present day, our history has been closely tied to that of France.

Take a walk Down History Lane in WWI with the Escadrille Américaine.

From Raquel Henderson and the Doughboy Center The Story of the American Expeditionary Forces.

"Nous voilà, Lafayette!"

We share a history of belief in the individual rights of each person. We share a history of distrust of leadership without restraint.

Happy Bastille Day!

And speaking of the Rights of the Common Man, here are a couple pieces to think about:

From The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Common Dreams A Politics of the Common Good.

And from the AP and Truthout Activists Sue to Block Electronic Voting.


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