RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
That must be tricky: tricouleurs flying aloft in a brisk balmy breeze in celebration of Bastille Day, while a lot of European countries have the national flags half mast and observe two minutes silence at 13:00 CET in remembrance of the 52 who lost their lives in London on the 7th July.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14027 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1575 times:
So which foreign army is marching this time in the big parade? A few years ago a Bundeswehr battalion was, as part of the French-German Eurocorps, included in the parade and this caused some discussions especially by older people, who still remembered the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs Elysees.
BTW, AFAIK, last year it was the British Royal Marines.
Knoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 7): How is this different from any other day in France for the French workforce?
Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3): The French have another holiday?
Well, there's a surprise.
Seriously, do they ever do any work at all?
Yep, the same workforce that builds Renault, Peugeot and Citröen cars, build parts of Airbus' A/C, can still build nuclear aircraft carrier and SSNs and attack helicopters and fighters like Rafale and Tiger or the biggest cruise ship in the world, or have the second biggest mall brand in the world behind Wall-Mart, or is teaching the USA how to treat/recycle nuclear remains.
Yes, indeed, we are freaking lazy compare to the others, but at least we still manage to pull out some nice stuff.
Funny that comes from a Polish guy, however I have to nothing to say about the British, they are great and have the best naval force!
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1508 times:
Wow. People seem to be taking this anniversary pretty casually, if not downright insultingly.
The French began their tortured road to liberty and freedom in this period and the fall of the Bastille is the biggest symbol of the fall of absolute monarchy in France. They had another century almost of experimenting to overcome the thousands of years of various types of tyranny by divine or military right, and would suffer more while figuring it out.
That said, the Bastille is more than just a place in France where you turn right to go to the Gare de Lyons. Its the fall of the King and the rise of the people. The times a King or a tyrant came back occured only with the consent/aquiesence of the people, and when they tired of that they moved forward with democracy.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 14): People seem to be taking this anniversary pretty casually, if not downright insultingly.
Not at all. The French expect this, in fact they need it!! If the Brits and the Germans stopped insulting them, they'd be deeply worried...and we don't want to worry the French on their national holiday, now do we??
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3313 posts, RR: 34
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
La Legion loves the Belgians (there are quite a few at all times in fact, included in Corte).
The song refers to the "boudin", not the sausage but the sleeping roll that infantrists carried on their rucksack.
In 1870, trying to preserve some neutrality between our (in those times) irascible German and French neighbours, our King asked his subjects not to enrol in the Legion. Swiss, Lorrains and Alsacians joined the FL in numbers, thereby the song.
Aerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4682 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1442 times:
Bastille Day reminds me of driving in circles on the Bastille statue round-about at Place Bastille & port de l'Arsenal, after dropping Ian off at the train station this past June........ahhhh, what memories of scaring those French drivers with my runaway Opel Astra......