Today is both Bastille Day across France (la Fête Nationale) and a Sunday, which means that it’s Market Day in Daglan. As we’re now well along in the busy season — that is, tourist season — there was a nice crowd this morning in our village’s main square around 11 a.m.
First, a couple of looks at the market activity. Here’s one view of the action:
As spring turns to summer, our Sunday market just grows and grows. Now there are stalls selling sausages, cheeses, plants and flowers, strawberries, other fruit and vegetables, melons, kitchen utensils, and roast chickens (to name a few items). Here’s another look:
After wandering through the market, I walked the short distance to the monument on the terrace in front of the restaurant Le Petit Paris, where the celebration of la Fête Nationale was taking place. It begins with the raising of the French flag, and the placement of flowers at the foot of the flagpole. Here is one of the village councillors, raising the flag:
Then our Mayor read out a well-written piece on France’s history, independence, and cultural values (liberty, equality, fraternity, and — lest we forget — laïcité, which refers to the separation of church and state). Here is M. Dussol:
To close the ceremony, the Mayor asks for a minute of silence, and then the French national anthem is played. I’m pleased to say that M. Dussol led the singing.