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France celebrates Bastille Day

France celebrates Bastille Day
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is lit up by fireworks as France celebrates Bastille Day. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Also known as French National Day, the celebrations occur every 14 July – the date the Bastille prison was stormed during the French Revolution in 1789. It is also the date of the Fête de la Fédération, which took place in 1790 and is the reason the date was chosen for French National Day. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
The annual celebrations are held all over France, but the focus is usually on capital city Paris – home to the Bastille. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
This picture was taken from a Boeing C135 refueling tanker, shows a French Rafale fighter (centre) and two Mirage fighters, as they fly over Notre-Dame during the Bastille Day military parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
French President Francois Hollande marked the day with a television interview in the garden of the Elysee Palace in Paris, following the traditional Bastille day military parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Members of the French Republican Guard Cavalry regiment take part in the Bastille Day parade on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Republican Guard riders pass the Arch of Triumph on the Place de l'Etoile during the parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
French Air Force Patrouille de France fly over during the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
The trails of red, white and blue smoke, colors of French national flag, also flew over the Pyramid du Louvre during the Bastille Day parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Huge numbers of people took to the street for the annual parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
French President Francois Hollande and French Army Chief of Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud review the troops during the Bastille Day parade at the Place de la Concorde. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Malian soldiers were honoured during the parade. (Getty Images)
France celebrates Bastille Day
Fireworks burst over the eastern French city of Strasbourg, as the whole of France marks the national day. (Getty Images)