France is gearing up for the celebrations of its national day, even as an unprecedented World Cup final is set to give way to a frenzied weekend.
July 14 marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris, a key kick-off point for the French Revolution, an occasion which is remembered as the national day in the country. The day is marked by nationwide celebrations and this year, in particular, will see exaggerated festivities as the following Sunday will witness the high profile Croatia- France finale to lay claim upon the most coveted trophy in the soccer world.
If the French win, the team would return to Paris on Monday for a victory parade on the Champs-Elysees that would probably draw more than 1 million fans.
Romance will rule large over this year’s fireworks celebration, which will also witness return of the famous firework show in Nice for the first time since the Bastille Day terror attack of 2016.
Security have already been beefed up for this huge weekend of hopefully a victorious exploit on the football field, succeeding the nation’s celebrations of its national day.
On special alert will be the ‘fan zones’ where soccer supporters will be anticipating a history making epoch display from the national team. 90,000 fans at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, along with more than 230 fan areas are set up across France, from big cities such as Lyon and Bordeaux to smaller ones like Nantes and Angers, with each requiring security precautions.