Barbara J. Feldman

On July 14, 1789, a huge crowd of Parisians captured the Bastille fortress, forcing King Louis XVI’s troops to withdraw. Bastille Day is a French national holiday (akin to our 4th of July) celebrating the birth of the French republic and the end of royal rule. July is also the month of France’s largest sporting event: le Tour de France, a 2000-mile cross-country bicycle race.