Le Tricolore

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Le Tricolore

The blue, white, and _____ French flag took shape during the French Revolution. The three colours represent the Republic's three ideals:

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Bastille Day – le 14 juillet

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July _____ and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute power of Louis the 16th's rule. By capturing the prison, the people signalled that the king's power was no longer ________: they were going to decide what to do.

Although the Bastille only held seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the storming of the prison is seen as a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French _________ . Like the _______ flag, it symbolized the Republic's three ideals: Liberty, _______, and Fraternity for all French citizens.


The Bastille was a _____ in Paris that the revolutionaries attacked to show they meant business!

Bastille Day has such a strong signification for the French because the holiday symbolizes the _______ of the Republic and the first time in history that a people had claimed their ______ to self-determination. As in the US, where the signing of the Declaration of ___________ signalled the start of the American Revolution, in France the _________ of the Bastille began the Great Revolution. In both countries, the national holiday thus symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government.

Now it is celebrated by a _________ parade down the Champs Elysées avenue in Paris. French _________ in the Tour de France try extra hard to win on this day – will they manage this year?


La Marseillaise was written in 1792 and declared the French national _______ in 1795.

Read the text and fill in the blanks using the words below

red 1789 cyclists Equality prison
citizens storming Independence military
anthem Tricolore absolute birth right

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