A Tragic Bastille Day

Today was Bastille Day in France. When people arose this morning, they had plans and dreams for the celebrations. The latest attack in Nice, France highlights how fragile human life is, and how dreams and hopes can be dashed to pieces by an individual on a mission of death and misery.

The death count in Nice is still climbing as well as the injured. Each week we see more tragic events.

Life on this planet traversing the cosmos is tenuous. No one is assured of a tomorrow on this earth, a beautiful orb hanging like a star sapphire in the infinite majesty of a cosmos of abundant life.

It is so poignant that so many will never see another sunrise or sunset. Or receive a kiss from a loved one or a hug just because…

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends as France suffers another horrific attack.

G. D. Williams © 2016

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Bastille Day 

Bastille Day marks the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, by angry Parisian crowds.

This seismic act demonstrated that ordinary people would no longer accept the absolute power of the king and signalled the start of the French Revolution which forced the creation of the modern French Republic. 

The July 14 “Fête de la Fédération” – which marked the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille – became a French national holiday in 1880 and has been observed ever since. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/bastille-day-2016-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-french-h/

Sky News

Grenades and weapons are found inside a lorry used to mow down dozens of revellers gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Authorities in Nice are urging local residents to stay in their homes. 

The Gendarmerie Nationale tweeted: “Emergency operation in progress. Keep calm and avoid downtown area. Follow the official accounts to be informed.”

The Foreign Office says it is in touch with local authorities in Nice and has advised anyone in the area to follow the instructions of French authorities.

http://news.sky.com/story/attack-in-nice-73-dead-as-truck-hits-crowd-10502068

France 24

http://www.france24.com/en/20160714-vehicle-ploughs-crowd-french-city-nice-possible-attack

BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36800730

The Telegraph

Mr Estrosi, the president of the region, extended his condolences to the families of the victims, saying:  “This is the worst tragedy in the history of Nice with more than 70 victims already.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/truck-crashes-into-crowd-at-bastille-day-celebrations-in-nice2/

 

 

 

 

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