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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
In pictures: France's 'Incredible Picnic'
Proof, if any were needed, that the French take their food very seriously - a picnic stretching the length of the country. The event was the centrepiece of special millennium celebrations for Bastille Day.

Parisians enjoying picnic
Parisians were spared the worst of the weather

Accordionist serenading picnickers
Visitors to the capital joined in the fun

Drummers/picnic tables
The checkered table cloth stretched for 650 km

Picknickers in downpour on outskirts of Paris
But in many areas the picnic was blighted by rain

Picnic on grass
Ussel in southern France: Watery hors d'oeuvres

Picnickers under shelter
The dismal weather called for Gallic invention

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14 Jul 00 | Europe
Giant picnic for Bastille Day
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