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Bastille Day, As Told By Sloths

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité, bitches."

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So basically, Louis XVI was running France into the ground for over a decade...

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People were literally starving and Louis XVI was like "LOL WHATEVS."

His wife, Marie Antoinette was also all "LOL MY LIFE IS GREAT! WHAT ARE PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT?"

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By the summer of 1789, French people were like, "yo, Louis, can you not?"

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And Louis was like "I'd rather not...not."

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"...but I guess I can hear your complaints at an Estate-General or whatevs."

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The First Estate was made up of the clergy, the Second was made up of nobility and the Third was the commoners.

The First and Second Estates were let in but Louis was like "Nice try, losers" to the Third Estate and locked them out.

The Third Estate was like "ugh, Kings, amiright?" so they assembled at a chill AF tennis court and created the National Assembly.

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Louis XVI was like "OMG I love your National Assembly--where did you get it?"

And then turned to his friends all, "that was the fugliest assembly I've ever seen."

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Louis then surrounded Paris with troops and fired the one guy in his ministry who was pro-reform.

The National Assembly was like..." uuuh wut."

So they reconvened and took the "Tennis Court Oath" where they vowed to stick together until they got a new, chiller constitution in place.

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Then they had to get down to business: Louis XVI was probs goin' to attack them so they needed to arm up.

They looked towards the Bastille, a prison and symbol of the oppressive regime, and were like "yeah, we can take those weapons."

So on July 14, 1789, they stormed the Bastille, freed some prisoners and took the weapons.

This was the beginning of the French Revolution and lead to the writing of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen".

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So every year, France celebrates the eve and day of the storming of the Bastille and the triumph of the French Revolution.

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité, bitches."

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