(CNN)When the French government dares to turn its back on the people, the people set the streets of Paris on fire.
Bastille Day inspired centuries of civil disobedience in France. Here's why
Indeed, it appears to be a long-running tradition in French history. The country's past is splattered with the blood and sacrifice of protesters who have continued a legacy of public dissent and demonstration. This culture of protest dates back to the days of the Revolution, and the storming of the Bastille was the start of it all.
Bastille Day, which falls on the 14th of July, celebrates the populist seizure of power from tyrannical rule. It's also a reminder to the modern-day regime that the French citizens who invested them with power have the ability to remove them, too.
Here's the rundown on Bastille Day's history, and the resistance it continues to inspire long after.
In terms of revolutions, no one does them better than the French.
But before the infamous Reign of Terror launched a series of beheadings by guillotine, high taxes and a summer of famine in 1789 lead French citizens to storm the castle of Bastille, a military fortress and prison. The seizure represented the resistance against the Bourbons, the tyrannical French monarchy.
To put it gently, King Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette were not loved by the French people. In fact, their reign ended with beheading by guillotine (and they wouldn't be the only ones). But the concerns that prompted an all-out revolution went far beyond these two ill-suited leaders. (Though, they certainly didn't help.)
Louis and Antoinette's extravagant spending was rivaled only by their even more extravagant debts, which they inherited from the previous rule. By the 1780s, unemployment, food shortages, and high taxes had left the commoners desperate and destitute, while the wealthy nobility remained untouched.
When the monarchy began to feel the pressure, Louis tasked