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Iread Dave Pepper’s letter about the lack of celebrations for the fête nationale with incredulity ( Living France’s February 2016 issue). Here in Croisilles the celebrations for the fête nationale begin the Saturday before, when the village becomes a brocante for the day. We have to attend because if we get up after 6am there is no way of getting our car out of our drive, let alone the village. By 8am the village is buzzing with buyers and sellers and we have to step over their wares just to get out of our gate. The two cafés do a roaring trade with tables and chairs set up outside. It takes all day to walk round because everyone is there and we have to stop frequently to chat and exchange kisses. In the church there are photo and art exhibitions run by the local associations. In the evening there is a pig
salle des fêtes. a couple of days – including 14 July – to visit family in their holiday home in central Brittany, only to find that nothing happened.
We wonder whether this was because their holiday home, like Dave’s, is en Bretagne, not ‘ en France’!
Brittany remained staunchly royalist in 1789. Revolts ( la chouannerie) broke out in that area and in Vendée spasmodically from 1789 to 1800. The locals