We need the Bastille spirit more than ever

We need the Bastille spirit more than ever, by Brendan O’Neill.

Last night’s barbarism in Nice was the clearest, bloodiest expression yet of terror’s contempt for freedom and democracy. …

Bastille Day commemorates the moment on 14 July 1789 when a raging, revolutionary crowd stormed the Bastille prison in Paris. The fall of the Bastille was a turning point in France’s sweeping aside of monarchism in favour of modernity.

‘Another revolt?’, asked King Louis XVI. ‘No sire, it’s not a revolt, it’s a revolution’, his adviser famously replied. Bastille was significant because it was the moment when the masses asserted themselves in France, rudely intruding into the realm of politics and history.