The battle for personal freedom in France, championed by Montesque,spanned many wars, the most memorable being the French Revolution. The storming of the Bastille in 1789 sparked the revolution with a national cry for Equality, Liberty and Fraternity. The Revolution brought sweeping reforms in the country.
Bastille Day is celebrated on the 14th of July to commemorate the beginning of independence. France experienced more crises, becoming the battleground for World Wars I & II. However, it emerged from the ruins of the war and is one of the leading countries in the world.