No Fireworks For Bastille Day Festivities; France Bans Sale Ahead Of Celebration After Riots

by Shreya Shriyan
No Fireworks For Bastille Day Festivities; France Bans Sale Ahead Of Celebration After Riots

France has recently been in the news not for its picturesque views, but for the protests and riots that are going on in the country. The protests are still ongoing and in lieu of that, the government of France has decided to take this safety measure in terms of fireworks for Bastille Day in France. So, what is this measure?

France’s Ongoing Protests Leads To Ban On Fireworks For Bastille Day

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In preparation for Bastille Day, France has implemented a ban on the sale, possession, and transportation of fireworks. The government issued a decree on July 9, explicitly prohibiting the use of “pyrotechnic articles”. This is to be implemented specifically during the national day celebrations on July 14.

This decision follows recent riots triggered by the police killing of 17-year-old Nahel M in Nanterre. The citizens of France have since been protesting this act of police brutality. One of the major forms of protesting has been the use of fireworks.

In the past week, France has experienced widespread protests in response to the 17-year-old’s tragic death caused by the police’s use of excessive force on June 27. These protests have led to the burning of cars and public buildings, as well as clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators.

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The protestors have taken to the streets to express their concerns about the actions of French authorities. On July 9, an incident occurred where a burning car hit the residence of the mayor of L’Hay-les-Roses, a Paris suburb.

France’s National Day Celebrations To Not Have Fireworks This Year

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While the ban has been introduced, it is important to note that this does not apply to fireworks displays officially organized by France’s local authorities. Bastille Day is France’s national day celebration which is celebrated on July 14. The ban will continue until July 15.

Approximately, over 3,700 people were taken into police custody in relation to the recent protests. This number is inclusive of close to 1,160 minors, according to official figures.

Bastille Day is significant to the French Revolution over 200 years ago. It is also recognized as France’s national day. And while over the years the celebrations have included fireworks, this year is set to be different.

The decision is being made to ensure the safeguarding of the French citizens as an increase in unrest is to be expected.

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