Joyeux 4th

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The big French national holiday is of course Bastille Day, or quatorze juilliet (July 14th), but in some places our own national holiday also gets some celebratory notice. On July 4th this row of lovely seaside tables in the Riviera town of Villefranche-sur-Mer was festooned with American flags in honor of America’s Independence Day. The town’s spacious deep-water bay once hosted many U.S. Navy ships, as Villefranche was the the headquarters of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Even though the Navy officially moved out in 1967, the town still observes July 4th with flags and bunting and, yes, a big fireworks show. If you happen to be visiting at the time, it’s a nice touch of home.