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  • proper n. A prison in France, the storming of which in 1789 CE began the French Revolution.

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  • n. a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
  • n. a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution


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  • These are questions which naturally intrude themselves on the mind, when one surveys the turrets of this new Bastille -- for, whether a place of confinement for state-prisoners be called _La Bastille_ or _Le

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  • Yes, more like that, except the Bastille is ultra-hip with concrete floors and no furniture.

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  • Bastille is good for the evenings, plenty of bars and restaurants are waiting for you (start in Rue Faubourg St-Antoine)

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  • It was disposed to regard as a hostile act the circumstance that she kept a special holiday, of which nothing was known except from her statement that it referred to the fall of somebody or other whom she called the Bastille, in suspicious proximity to the detested battle of the Boyne; but when it was observed that she did nothing worse than dance upon the flags “avec ze leetle bébé” of the tenant in the basement, and torture her “Dootch” husband with extra monkeys and gibes in honor of the day, unfavorable judgment was suspended, and it was agreed that without a doubt the “bastard” fell for cause; wherein the alley showed its sound historical judgment.

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  • I'd been walking for hours when I stumbled upon a tiny Crepe shop in Bastille.

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  • July 14 marks the 221st anniversary of the storming of the Parisian prison known as the Bastille, the first act of the French Revolution.

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  • PARIS — Ever since it opened, on July 14, 1989, the 200th anniversary to the day of the storming of the Bastille, the Opéra Bastille has been a controversial place.

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  • Deep inside the French prison known as the Bastille resides prisoner number 12, Philippe…who is none other than the twin brother of King Louis XIV.

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  • The best hope for France lies inside the prison known as the Bastille, where prisoner number 12 lies with an iron mask covering his face…for he is Philippe, twin brother of Louis!

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  • At the ruins of the Bastille was a maypole with a sign, HERE WE DANCE.



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