It’s the birth of modern France. The climax of the revolution, when, on July 14, 1789, the people stormed the Bastille - a medieval fortress guarding the eastern entrance to Paris that had been used for hundreds of years by the oppressive rulers as an armoury and political prison. It was the beginning of democracy. The end of tyrannical rule, and the downfall of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette, who were later executed.
One year later, to the day, with the Bastille torn down, the unity of the French people was celebrated with the Fête de la Fédération. The date remains in the spotlight as France’s National Day, known locally as the Fête nationale, and around the world as Bastille Day.
Across the country, the day is marked by balls, fireworks and torchlight retreats. While Cambodia is half a world away from Paris, Thalias joins every year the French population here and all of our friends from around the globe keen to celebrate with us.
Stay up to date with the event on Facebook.