Hollande’s Struggle, Exemplified by Bastille Day

Never in the history of the Fifth Republic had a French President been so low in the opinion polls. While more than 60 % of the French people had a positive opinion of the President when he was elected in May 2012, this number has not stopped decreasing since that month. Today, it has more […]

La Fête Nationale: a Party on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Last Thursday, July 4, the United States celebrated its Independence Day, marking the 237th anniversary of the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ten days later, France — the Americans’ most powerful ally in the War of Independence with Great Britain that resulted from the Declaration — is commemorating Bastille Day, the joyful observance […]

July 14th: From the Storming of the Bastille to Layoff Plans

Even in times of crisis, a nation has to afford expensive but symbolic events. July 14th, celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, is one of those national holidays that cannot be avoided. The day could be compared to July 4th in the United States, as they are both considered as the landmark day […]