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La Fête nationale

July 14 is la fête nationale (lah fet nah-sea-ohn-al) in France, often referred to by Anglophones as Bastille Day, for it was on this date in 1789 that the Bastille (bastea) prison was overthrown. But this is actually just a … Continue reading

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Prendre son courage à deux mains

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (also spelled Lafayette) was born on September 6, 1757.  His story is incredibly complex, so for today I’ll just focus on his connection with George Washington. This French aristocrat … Continue reading

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