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In pictures: Bastille Day parade

Military parade at Champs-Elysees in Paris

France has been celebrating Bastille Day with the traditional military parade in the heart of Paris.

Jacques Chirac reviews troops in his command car

President Jacques Chirac oversaw the display of pomp and fanfare in the Champs-Elysees.

Members of the French Foreign Legion march in Paris

Some 3,000 soldiers - including members of the world-famous French Foreign Legion - marched past crowds of onlookers.

Leclerc tanks

Leclerc tanks joined the parade for the first time since 2003.

Jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe.

Fighter jets laid a trail of blue, white and red smoke over the Arc de Triomphe.

French gendarmes rid on motorbikes

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






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