Bastille Day / by Brian Beck

Nearly a million people gather at the Eiffel Tower on Quatorze Juillet each year to celebrate the overthrow of the monarchy and the formation of the French Republic.  It was a bloody mess, and they changed their mind a couple times, restored the king, flirted with tyranny and Napoleonic conquest and all the rest, but July 14, 1789 is the moment that started it all, and the French mark it in style.  So without further ado, here's the Iron Lady, La Dame de Fer, all dressed in her evening gown.  It's the 2-1/2 minute firework finale of a day-long, full-throttle middle finger to kings everywhere.  Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!