Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bastille Day 2010

Chez Panisse is celebrating Bastille Day. How important is this secular holiday to the French? Alice Waters writes on her FB:

Happy Bastille Day! We are celebrating with mulberry ice-cream cones from in front of Chez Panisse from 12:30pm today. Come down and join us. Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

The Western Confucian links to the following by Kevin Gutzman: Bastille Day is Bunk.

Traditional American republicans do not endorse everything about the French Revolution; some even reject it entirely. Traditional Catholics are even more critical. (For example, Christendom and Revolution.) And then there are the Catholic monarchists...

Remember the Vendée! What more can be said in response to French radicalism?

Alphajets from the French Air Force' Patrouille de France, or French Acrobatic Patrol, fly above the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day military parade on The Champs Elysee Avenue in Paris, Wednesday, July 14, 2010. (AP/Daylife)

French First lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (R) poses with Benin's first lady Chantal Boni in front of the Elysee palace in Paris following a meeting on July 13, 2010, as leaders of 13 African countries are in France to take part in its national celebrations. Troops from 13 African nations marched in Paris on July 14, 2010, marking half a century of independence from France as part of a rain-soaked Bastille Day parade heavily criticised by human rights groups. (Getty/Daylife)

French troops take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

Students from the French Ecole Polytechnique take part under heavy rain in the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

French republican guards take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

Saint-Cyr military academy students take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)


Pioneers from the French Foreign Legion (Legion etrangere) take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris July 14, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

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