Let Them Eat Cake!

Photo by Janet Donovan
Ambassador Araud, Rebecca and Sean Spicer
Ambassador Araud, Rebecca and Sean Spicer

This Day in History: “Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.” The History Channel. In honor of the occasion of French Independence, The Ambassador of France GĂ©rard Araud celebrated with friends at his Kalorama Residence.

 

Some historians found the diary of the King. On that day, July 14th, 1789 he only wrote “Nothing.” That was the result of his day’s hunting. When the Duc de Liancourt informed the King of what happened at the Bastille, the King asked his advisor “is this a revolt?” and he was answered, “No Majesty, this is a revolution.”

 

“Let them eat cake” is the most famous quote attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France during the French Revolution. As the story goes, it was the queen’s response upon being told that her starving peasant subjects had no bread. Because cake is more expensive than bread, the anecdote has been cited as an example of Marie-Antoinette’s obliviousness to the conditions and daily lives of ordinary people. But did she ever actually utter those words? Probably not.” Encyclopedia Britannica.  Whatever, we ate cake – macaroon cookie cakes to be exact.