Coq_French flagThat’s French for cock-a-doodle-doo.

And because July 14th is Bastille Day in France, I thought you’d enjoy this symbol of national pride.

We’re taking a day off and will join our compatriots for food, drink and fireworks tonight.

Ever wonder why the Gallic rooster is the emblem of the Gauls? Check out last year’s post on Le Coq Gaulois.

Happy Bastille Day!


  1. davidprosser · July 14, 2014

    Diwrnod Bastille Hapus Mel. Enjoy the foreworks.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • MELewis · July 14, 2014

      Cheers David! A bit wet in our parts for the national holiday but the spirit will be there. Bises xx

  2. Ah ha! I just read you coq gaulois post. There are at least 10 things you love about France and the French. 🙂

    • MELewis · July 17, 2014

      Shhh….we don’t want it to get out! 😉

  3. phildange · July 17, 2014

    La FĂȘte Nationale, (because it is not Bastille day at all !) has been instituated in 1880 on July 14th to celebrate the very important ” FĂȘte de la FĂ©dĂ©ration”, 1790 July 14, and not the Bastille storming . I noted that Anglophone bubble dwellers are world champions to believe, repeat and believe more all sorts of wrong facts that only exist in their minds, but as you live in the place I thought you should be informed . The FĂȘte de la FĂ©dĂ©ration was capital because it demonstrated that Paris people had the support of all parts of France . Delegates from provinces gathered in Paris to show that in all France the baby revolution had defenders .

  4. phildange · July 17, 2014

    The consensus was only reached on the FĂȘte de la FĂ©dĂ©ration, and officially that’s the day commemorated on July 14th . That’s what my primary school teachers told me when teaching was still taken seriously in the West . Of course, leftist MPs in 1880 thought “Well, it’s the storming day too for us ” .
    But the FĂȘte de la FĂ©dĂ©ration is one of the two most important events for the progress of the early revolutionary course, the other being 1789 October 5/6, when the people of Paris, (led by women !) marched on Versailles and grabbed the royals for them to be settled under control of the people inside Paris, in the Tuileries Palace ..
    On July 14, 1790, the Parisian spark-lighters told to all France ” Here is what we started one year ago today . Do you approve, will you collaborate ?” And the answer was “Yes” . Without that, the revolution wouldn’t have gone far .
    Anyway, in official documents this day is called “FĂȘte Nationale”, and when people speak they always say ” le 14 juillet” . Why does a specific tribe change the local name into something else ? It’s not a simple translation, not even a linguistic adaptation like Florence for Firenze, it’s just another concept .

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