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This year’s Bastille Day parade paid homage to World War I soldiers, to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.
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France invited representatives from nearly 80 nations that took part in the war between 1914 and 1918.
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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pays respects to soldiers from Algeria. The presence of soldiers from France’s former colony sparked controversy on both sides of the Mediterranean ahead of the parade.
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Two officers from France’s “gendarmerie nationale” share a friendly moment on “the most beautiful avenue in the world” - the Champs-Élysées.
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Two Senegalese soldiers from France’s Saint-Cyr military academy.
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Soldiers of the “Pioneers” regiment of the French Foreign Legion, dressed in the traditional uniforms from the early days of the unit.
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A miniature camera on the shoulder of a Pioneer captures the celebrations.
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Legionnaires sport their medals…
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…as do the dogs of the French army’s Canine Brigade. The brigade has been used recently in Afghanistan and the Sahel region of Africa to search for weapon caches and explosive devices.
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Officers from France’s Operation Sangaris in the Central African Republic were given temporary leave to attend the military parade.
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Military drones are expected to play a major role in France’s new operation targeting jihadist militants in the Sahel – Operation Barkhane.
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An emotional moment ahead of the parade as young people release doves of peace in memory of the deceased in the heart of the French capital.
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French President François Hollande, Commander-in-Chief of the French Armed Forces, speaks with soldiers at the close of the parade.
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Hollande smiles as he meets with French soldiers alongside Prime Minister Manual Valls.
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A soldier stands alongside members of the “Spahi” light cavalry regiment.
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