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Living in France
The Country of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
The French are known to be proud of their country — a pride woven into their customs and traditions. From celebrating the end of the French Revolution to marching through the streets with their national motto: this Relocation Guide gives you all the information on the rich culture of France.
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Celebrating the Republic
The majority of French people are Roman Catholic, which means that there are numerous traditional feasts that people have off work. Moreover, there are eleven national holidays in France, including the celebrations of these three historic events:
Le Jour de l’Armistice
This is a day where the French remember those who died or were injured in the First World War. There are special memorial services held in churches throughout the country. The president of France will lay flowers at public memorial sites. This day generally has a solemn mood, and just like other bank holidays, the majority of shops and restaurants will be closed.
La Fête de la libération
This holiday celebrates the end of World War II on 8 May 1945, and the freedom of France that followed. Schools, colleges, and universities will focus their lessons on Nazi oppression and the war in the period leading up to this day. As everyone has a day off, many people attend parades and church services. Some display the French flag outside of their houses, as well as on public buildings.
Le Quatorze Juillet
This fête nationale celebrates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, an important event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Many people attend events and parades that are organized throughout France. Service men and women also participate in an annual military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. At the end of the day, this celebration is closed with spectacular fireworks that are set off from the Eiffel Tower and the gardens of Trocadéro.