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French epics, legends, Mont San Michel, San Michel Angel, French culture fun facts for children

Among the most famous French legends we would like to remember those ones linked to a beautiful place situated in the Northern part of the country: Mont San Michel. This cliff over the Atlantic sea host a beautiful church dedicated to San Michel Angel. The difference between low and high tide in this region is, so strong that every 6 hours the church gets completely isolated from the coast. So the place can be reached from the mainland only when the tide is low. A very unusual place were to build a church, but the legend say that, during the middle age, a pregnant woman was taking advantage of the low tide for picking mussel from the beach. Suddenly she entered in labour. Incapable to move, she begins to pray St. Michel Angel for help.

The water was rising up but the Angel answered her pray and she and the baby were saved. To remember this event a little altar was build in the place where the miracle took place and many year later the bishop of Avranches financed the construction of the church that we can still visit today. However this decision was not a spontaneous one since the Angel appeared twice to the bishop in his dreams asking him to make a new church. However, only when the Angel give him some tangible and terrible sign of his power the bishop agreed on collecting the money necessary for the works.

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French festivals, holidays, Parisians, French revolution, French culture fun facts for children

Beside Christmas and New Years Eve, one of the most important French holidays, especially for the citizen of Paris (Parisians) is the 14 of July. In this day, the French remember the event that became the beginning of the French revolution: the taking of the Bastille (14th July 1789). The Bastille was a very big prison in the downtown of Paris where political prisoner (mostly people that were opposing the king and his power) where kept. Following months of political crisis the citizens of Paris entered in the Bastille and free the prisoners. As mentioned, this is considered the beginning of the French revolution: few months after this event the King XVI and the Queen Maria Antoinette were arrested and the Republic was proclaimed. During this time the French national Song La Marseillaise (the song from Marseille)  was composed and the motto ` Liberté, Fraternité and Egalité´ (Freedom, Brotherhood, Equality) become famous all around the world.

Still today, the people party in the street remembering the event and a big parade is organised every years in Paris.

On the other hand, a much more Hollywood – style event take place every year in the South of France: the Cannes Film Festival. For about a week, all the most important directors, actors and producers meet on la Croisette (area of the city where the festival take place) and present the new movies of the season. The winners get as a prize a small golden palm branch and becomes the person that every TV and magazine want to interview.

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