National spirit has been off the charts in France as of late! It seems everywhere you go the flag is
flying high. Bastille Day last weekend brought every one out in blue, white, and red to celebrate.
The 14 juillet is France’s National Day, chosen to commemorate the turning point of the French
Revolution that lead to the founding of the modern French republic. Much like the 4th of July in the
United States, Bastille Day takes place in the height of summer and is the perfect occasion for
parties, picnics, barbecues, and of course fireworks from the Arc de Triumph to The Eiffel Tower!
But Bastille Day isn’t the only thing that’s got French National Pride flying high. If you haven’t heard,
we won The World Cup of soccer for the first time in twenty year last Sunday, the day after Bastille
Day! After Saturday’s Bastille Day festivities, the city kept the blue, white, and red on full display for
an even bigger celebration that has come around only once every twenty years, our World Cup
If you think the 14th of July is a date do go down in history for the French, then mention 1998 to a
French soccer fan and you’ll get ten times the enthusiasm! I never knew the country was so
nostalgic for our first World Cup win twenty years ago. Since last Tuesday when the French
National team won the second to last match and sent us on our way to the final, the energy around
Paris in particular has been one of excitement and unity.
And then this Sunday all of the dreams of young and old and men and women alike came true…we
won the World Cup victory! As the clock counted down and we knew our competitors in those final
seconds could not overtake our four goals, the crowd went wild. Business as usual in the city came
to a complete halt as cheers and people filled the streets hugging and crying and singing On est
les champions! We are the champions! Flag flew out from every window, fireworks went off, and
scooters went racing down the streets singing the national anthem!
Like 1998, this is truly a moment to go down in history, and one that I was so excited to experience
here in my chosen country! With extreme pride for our team, we welcomed them home from
Russia on Monday with open arms and yet another parade down the Champs Elysees to welcome
them to the presidential palace where they were congratulated by the president.
Between Bastille Day and World Cup Finale, I admit most French are wearing blue white and red
face paint in stripes across their cheeks! But might I recommend some more chic French makeup
essentials if you want to get into the national French spirit along with us, like the perfect red
L’Absolu Rouge or Le Teint Macaron for example. I can assure you my Monsieur Big Waterproof
also came in handy Sunday when we all cried tears of joy! Vive la France!