Happy French National Day!

On the 14th of July 2018, France wishes you a very happy National Day. In Zambia, we are celebrating the 14th of July with a reception given by the Ambassador at the French Residence.

Every year since 1880, the French Republic has been celebrating its National Day on the 14th of July.

For many people, the French National Day refers to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which is a turning point in the French Revolution as it threatens the Monarchy.
But in reality, it is not the storming of the Bastille that we celebrate on the French National Day but the Festival of the Federation! Organized in Paris one year after the storming of the Bastille, on 14 July 1790, this celebration gathered the King Louis XVI and the National Assembly, with the aim of unifying and reconciling the French people.

In 1880, under the IIIrd Republic, the French State, who wished to reinforce the national and republican spirit, officialised La Marseillaise as the national anthem and established the French National Day on 14 July in the memory of the reconciliation of 14 July 1790 rather than the storming of the Bastille which certainly symbolizes the freedom of the people but also violence and tension.

In Zambia, this year, we are celebrating the French National Day with a reception hosted by the Ambassador at the French Residence.

Last updated on: 13 July 2018