July 14 Bastille Day, President Macron copiously booed on the Champs-Elysées


Photograph: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images

Today is Bastille Day in France. July 14 marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout the country. Every year on the morning of July 14th a military parade is held on the Champs-Elysées. And every year French fighter jets pass directly over my apartment building making a really loud noise. In previous years I used to run excitedly outdoors to look towards the sky, hand shading my light-dazzled eyes. But now I just stay indoors; I guess I’ve become blasé to jets and military parades.

Anyway, this year the 41-year old President of the French Republic was whistled at and booed as he rode down the Champs-Elysées in a military vehicle.

Macron – démission!” people shouted. (Macron – resign!)

It is clear that the French revolutionary spirit is alive and well 230 years after the storming of the Bastille.

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