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We don't know why the combination of beef broth, caramelized onions, croutons and crispy melted gruyère is so addictive, but answer this: When was the last time you saw an unfinished bowl of French onion soup? And raise your hand if you've ever picked the crusted cheese off the rim of a bowl of the stuff before reaching for another slice of baguette to mop up the last drops.

Though a lot of French restaurants stateside started the Bastille Day celebrations early this past weekend, it's actually July 14. In the run-up to France's national holiday, La Republique de Food (that's Food Republic to you) is proud to present beaucoup French recipes for you home cooks aspiring for a little Parisian flair. First up, the extremely classic and always delicious French Onion Soup

We don't know why the combination of beef broth, caramelized onions, croutons and crispy melted gruyère is so addictive, but answer this: When was the last time you saw an unfinished bowl of French onion soup? And raise your hand if you've ever picked the crusted cheese off the rim of a bowl of the stuff before reaching for another slice of baguette to mop up the last drops. 

Check back often at Food Republic's recipe tab for more French recipes. We'll also have primers on how to order in French and plenty of wine and Champagne tips as well. Bon appétit!