French military rehearses for Bastille Day military parade

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The French Armed Forces hold a rehearsal for Bastille Day military parade.

The French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.

The July 14th Bastille Day parade along the Champs-Elysées is the highlight of the French national holiday celebrations. Every year in the morning, the spotlight is on the French military regiments as they parade down the avenue. Later in the day, the focus shifts to the eagerly-awaited fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.

The parade passes down the Champs-Elysées from l’Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde where the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors to France stand. This is a popular event in France, broadcast on French TV, and is one of the oldest regular military parades in the world. In some years, invited detachments of foreign troops take part in the parade and foreign statesmen attend as guests.

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