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In pictures: Bastille Day

Fireworks in Givors, France

Bastille Day celebrations started with a bang the night before, in the town of Givors.

Jets over Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Jets marked the day and with a fly-past over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

President Jacques Chirac on Champs Elysee in Paris

President Jacques Chirac took part in a military parade down Paris' Champs Elysee.

Guards on Champs Elysees, Paris

Mounted Republican Guards were among the forces on show...

Members of the French Foreign Legion

... as were members of the French Foreign Legion, in their distinctive uniforms.

Brazilian troops parade with French soldiers

Brazilian troops joined the parade, as France's guests.

President Jacques Chirac and guards on Champs Elysees, Paris

The events mark the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, which sparked the French Revolution.

Soldiers before Bastille Day parade in Paris

Security is tight for the festivities...

Police officer and woman in Paris

...with bystanders subjected to searches.

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