The national holiday of France is celebrated on July 14th, the anniversary of the storming of Bastille in 1789, the day when Paris people rebelled against king Louis XVI, who had ordered to dissolve the National Assembly that the representatives of the third state had constituted. It is true that the currently existing constitution, by which the V Republic is instituted, was approved on September 28th 1958, and that is the often used natal chart of France, but nobody celebrates anything in France on that day. I therefore consider that the letter of 14 July 1789 is representing to France as a contemporary nation.
South Node, or Dragon's Tail, the place of what we carry as karma, is at 25° Taurus in conjunction with fixed star Algol (the devil), a malefic star of martian-plutonian-saturnine nature. Robespierre had his natal Sun conjunct Algol. Saturn transited through that point during “Reign of Terror” in 1794. Mars is in 8º Gemini in conjunction with fixed star Aldebaran, of martian nature, and square to Lilith, which ensures military glory and great victories, but also tremendous defeats. We will see that transits on these points marked decisive events in the history of France.
France is traditionally related to the sign of Leo. The day modern France was born there was a conjunction of Uranus, Jupiter and Venus between 4th and 6th Leo. Sun and Mercury conjunct around 23º Cancer are almost participating in the same stellium.
As a country that was the cradle of revolution and has had the cultural hegemony of World, France ought have Neptune conjunct Midheaven, around 23º Libra with fixed star Spica, the star of France, which provides honor, dignity and recognition.
In late July 1830, date of the "three glorious days" when the people of Paris dethrones absolutist king Charles X and proclaims Luis Felipe de Orleans, Neptune has already completed a quarter cycle and is square to Midheaven and opposite to natal Sun and Mercury. Saturn from Leo is opposite to Pluto. Uranus has completed a half cycle and is opposite to natal stellium of Jupiter, Venus and Uranus. Mercury in 21º Cancer, Sun in 2º Leo, and Lilith in 28º Libra close to Midheaven, are acting as triggers.
On February 25 1848 Luis Felipe is in turn overthrown and Second Republic was proclaimed. Pluto opposites to Midheaven and squares to natal Sun and Mercury. Uranus transits natal Moon next to join Pluto in Aries, and Jupiter squares from cancer. Lilith on Midheaven is again the main trigger.
On March 18 1871 the so called "Paris Commune" takes power in the capital, as the first experience of government workers in world. Neptune has completed a half cycle and opposes natal Midheaven and Neptune, and is square to natal Sun and Mercury. Uranus has almost three quarters back and transits natal Sun and Mercury squaring natal Midheaven and Neptune. After three months Commune is bloodily suppressed by government troops, coinciding with the transit of Lilith on natal Mars.
The rise to power of Charles de Gaulle and the proclamation of V Republic in 1958 coincides with the conjunction of Neptune (just finished his first return) and Jupiter on natal Midheaven.
In May 1968 Uranus and Pluto from the cusp of 9th house in Virgo opposed natal Saturn. The T formed by Neptune in Scorpio, Jupiter in Leo and Mars and Lilith in Taurus, between 25º and 26º, directly affects lunar nodes. Karma of France is revolution.
Situation is tense in France during the whole 2016 summer, but I place the peak around August 24th, with the conjunction of Saturn and Mars close to star Antares in opposition to natal Mars of France close to star Aldebaran. At the same time, Neptune will square natal Mars from Pisces, while transiting natal Lilith. Uranus will stay in opposition to natal Midheaven and Neptune and square to natal Sun and Mercury, in an identical position what it had in 1848. Everything points to a sixth French Revolution blast.
Finally, a refounding of France could take place in December 2020, the decisive date for Earth as a whole. Transcendental conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius will oppose to natal France stellium of Uranus, Venus and Jupiter in Leo, while Uranus and Lilith square from Taurus. Pluto opposes from the last degree of Capricorn to natal Sun and Mercury.