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La Bastille 🏰

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Every year on July 14, France celebrates its national day, known in English as "Bastille Day". But what exactly is the so-called "Bastille"? Or should we say was because it no longer exists. It was a prison and a fortress in the heart of Paris, which the revolutionaries besieged, seized and destroyed from July 14, 1789, marking the beginning of the French Revolution. (Subtitles are available in French and English by clicking on the CC button on the YouTube control bar).

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Word of the week: "embastiller", verbe

Even though, it is not as frequent as its synonyms "incarcérer" and "emprisonner", it's still interesting to know that the word has been made up by Voltaire himself during his stay at the Bastille. It's been used for any prison since then.

• Mettre dans une bastille, incarcérer. ⇄ imprison

histoire – Incarcérer à la Bastille


🎙 (fr) "La Vérité sur la Bastille" on Europe 1:


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