When did France gain its independence?
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When did France gain its independence?

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France's independence day, which is also known as Bastille Day, celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. This is considered France's independence day because it symbolically marks the dissolution of the king's absolute power and the forming of a new republic in 1792.

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Before the French Revolution, the people of France became enraged at the lack of power they had in their country. What started as underground meetings and plans turned into an organized revolution that gained enough traction to overthrow Louis XVI. The revolutionaries flew the tricolor flag that is now France's national emblem, which stands for liberty, equality and fraternity.

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