Bastille Day celebrations in France - in pictures


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France celebrated Bastille Day with traditional military parade and an amazing display of fireworks over the Eiffel Tower.

President Francois Hollande took part in the annual celebrations at Champs-Élysées and welcomed guests and participants from around the world.

The Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789,regarded as the  culmination of a violent revolution in France.

Take a look at the images from the 14 of July in Paris:

Eiffel Tower lights up with the national flag's colours

Fireworks light the skies above the Eiffel Tower as part of France's annual Bastille Day celebrations

Fireworks light the skies above the Eiffel Tower

Alphajets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France in the formation of a Croix de Lorraine cross, fly over the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum

A picture taken from a French Air Force C-135 FR refueling tanker aircraft over the Arc de Triomphe monument shows troops marching on the Champs-Elysees

A paratrooper lands during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris

A cadet of the Mexican Army and a trained eagle attends the traditional military parade

Troops of the Pionniers du 1er Regiment Etranger (Pioneers of the first regiment of the Foreign Legion) march down the Champs Elysees

French President Francois Hollande reviews the troops while descending from the Champs Elysees

French armoured vehicles, known as 'VBCI' (Combat Infantry Armored Vehicle) drive down the Champs-Elysees

French military mechanised units participate in the military parade