Rise up citizens,
to save civilisation
with human kindness
One of the most enduring symbolic actions of the French Revolution was the storming of the Bastille. The people of Paris nobly liberating the tragically prisoners trapped in this vile and noisome fortress. So complete was the destruction of this symbol of Royal oppression that not a stone remains. Then in July 1830 the Parisians again got all revolutionary and this column was put on top of the location where the Bastille stood to show the Parisians were revolting (again!).
How I can picture the iron gates of the Bastille being torn down and the poor, wrongly imprisoned scions of the people flooding out in their hundreds while the vile Aristos shuddered (quite rightly) in their gilded palaces.
Actually the total number of people released consisted of seven old men who were quite well housed and rather annoyed by all the disturbance: Two of them were classed as “lunatics”, four were forgers and the last was a “sexually deviant” aristocrat, the Comte de Solages. Not quite the noble plethora of downtrodden victims of Royal oppression that spring to mind.
Neverless, the 14th of July remains an essential part of French history. Vive la revolution!