This year's Bastille Day celebrations in France have been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This July 14th we will pay tribute to those who have used all their strength, all their abilities, all their humanity against the virus," tweeted French President Emanuel Macron. For the first time since 1945, authorities have canceled the annual military parade along the Champs-Elysees in Paris, according to the AFP news agency. Only 2,000 soldiers – half of the usual number – will gather at the Place de la Concorde.
People must not be near Concorde Square to prevent the spread of the infection. Doctors in France asked people not to let go of their watch and to use face masks.
However, the country's air force will take the traditional flight paste – with acrobatic jets, blue, white and red smoke. This year, Flypast will be at the forefront of coronavirus health workers.
The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because of the fireworks on Bastille Day in Paris. Most celebrations have been reported to have been canceled.
Bastille Day or French National Day is celebrated every year on July 14th. In 1789, that day, a violent uprising helped start the French Revolution. Citizens stormed from the Bastille Fortress, where the state prisoners were housed. French poet and philosopher Voltaire was imprisoned in Bastille for almost a year after speaking out against the family of the ruling French regent. Bastille had become a symbol of the harsh rule and tyranny of the French monarchy, especially of King Louis XVI. And his Queen Marie Antoinette.
"Freedom, equality and fraternity" became the war cry of the common people and remains the official motto of the country to this day.
Known in France as "La Fete Nationale" (National Day) or "Le 14 Juillet" (July 14th), Bastille Day was declared an official holiday in 1880. It became a worldwide celebration of everything French.