Can the Blackcaps storm the barricades?


France will be waking up to Bastille Day.

And the Blackcaps will be mentally preparing storm the barricades of English cricket in front of a home crowd.

Terror in Nice


The Charlie Hebdo attack, in January last year,  the November 13 killings in Paris and now scores of people have been killed and others injured in Nice:

A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 80 people and injuring dozens, officials say.

It happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display. The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the lorry.

President Francois Hollande said the attack was of a “terrorist nature”.

He said he was extending a state of emergency by three months.

France had been on high alert following last November’s attacks in Paris in which 130 people died and hundreds were wounded.

The state of emergency had been due to end on 26 July.

“France is badly hit,” Mr Hollande said, adding that “we need to do everything we can to fight against” such attacks.

“All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism.” . . 

These actions are the antithesis of liberty which Bastille Day celebrates.

Viva la France


In honour of Bastille Day: Do You Hear the People Sing at the 10th anniversary, sung in their own languages by 17 men who played Valjean.

Viva La France


Happy Bastille Day to France and merci beaucoup for fine wine, delicious bread and cheese, for delightful perfume and for giving us words and phrases like aide-mémoire, bon mot, chez and je ne sais quoi . . .

Bastille Day


The French call it  le 14 juillet, the day on which the people stormed the Bastille.

I can drag up avery  little schoool French from the recesses of my memory when in France. However, bonjour, merci beaucoup, je m’excuse,  sil vous plait, fromage, pan. . . aren’t much use for wishing France and the French a joyous day.

The only vaguely relevant phrase I can think of  is viva la France!

Bastille Day


The French Revolution started on July 14 ,1789, with the storming of the Bastille.

La Marsellaise is regarded as one of the better national anthems, however, if this translation is to be believed, I prefer the version I don’t understand.

Viva La France


It’s Bastille Day.

My school French wasn’t particularly good to start with and the foreign language files in my memory are now dominated by Spanish, so I’ll leave it at: Viva La France!

[Update: Adam Smith’s  acknowledges his French ancestry, gives a brief explanation of Bastille Day and links to the singing of La Marseillaise.]

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