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Bastille Day  09/07/2014

France is a country that is proud of its traditions. On 14 July 1789 troops and civilians stormed the medieval Bastille fortress and prison in Paris. This event marked the formal start of the French Revolution. Having endured years of hardship, whilst the aristocracy and the clergy enjoyed extravagant privileges, many French people fought hard to establish democracy in their country.

This significant event has never been forgotten and in 1880 a politician named Benjamin Raspail proposed that the 14 July should be a National Holiday. Since then the day has been marked with a military parade in Paris, elaborate firework displays, music, dance and communal meals.

Not all of France was in support of the French Revolution. The west coast regions of Brittany, Vendee and Aquitaine were less affected by the disparity between rich and poor in the country’s cities. Many people also had strong traditional religious beliefs, so they took the side of the royalists and clergy, fighting in counter-Revolution wars.

Although you are unlikely to find celebrations on the scale of Paris and other French cities in the West Coast regions, everyone enjoys the opportunity for fun. History has not been forgotten, but firework displays, food and festivities are shared in most towns in France on this public holiday.

If you on your French camping holiday on Sunday 13 July or Monday 14 July there will be local events that you can join in with, below are some suggested options:

Brittany Camping

Within walking distance of our campsite, La Foret Fousant will be holding a fireworks display in the Port La Foret on the evening of Sunday 13 July.

Vendee Camping

Ile d’Oleron puts on an impressive family lantern parade, leaving the Town Hall at sunset to head for a firework display over the water. There will also be large fireworks displays in Royan and La Rochelle and more local events in Les Sables d’Olonne, close to La Dune des Sables.

Landes Camping

As bigger cities, Bordeaux and Biarritz will both have large firework displays and parades to celebrate Bastille Day on Monday 14 July. More locally the town of Saint Julien des Landes usually put on a good fireworks event.

If you are away on Monday 14 July, you will find the towns to be more congested than usual and a number of shops and attractions will be closed. It’s best to simply relax on the warm sandy beaches during the day and join in the evening events.

This article is published by Carisma Holidays. Carisma provide luxury mobile home holidays in France. Carisma is one of the most long established companies in the mobile home holiday industry and they are French mobile home family holiday specialists, with beutiful beach side campsites, on the west coast of France.


Any views or opinions expressed in all articles under the title “Carisma News” are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Carisma Holidays Limited

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