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The August Decrees

The August Decrees

After the storming of the Bastille, the next significant event of the French Revolution occurred on August 4, 1789. On that day, the National Constituent Assembly adopted 18 decrees or articles – The August Decrees – concerning the abolition of feudalism, other privileges of the nobility, and seigneurial rights.

Washington Post Live conversation with European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde

Washington Post Live conversation with European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde

For a take on world economics and leadership today in light of COVID-19, watch a conversation for Washington Post Live between David Ignatius and European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde.

“Raise a Glass to Freedom” – On July 14, celebrate Fête nationale / Bastille Day

“Raise a Glass to Freedom” – On July 14, celebrate Fête nationale / Bastille Day

Bastille Day has been celebrated nationwide in France from the day of its very first anniversary—when Lafayette and other leaders celebrated French unity with a parade on the Champ de Mars joined by the National Guard and a quarter million exuberant Parisians.

European-style Butter

European-style Butter

Many of the European butters, especially French butter, have a slightly tangy flavor due to the cream being cultured (fermented) before it is churned. The process resembles that used to make crème fraîche. This culturing or “souring” produces a fuller flavor and aroma and its often the lingering taste that dominates people’s food memories of France.