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    Bastille Day Parade in Paris (Video)

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    The French are holding a parade to mark the national day, known as July 14 in France and Bastille Day abroad, with EU leaders joining the French president for the world’s oldest military parade.

    This year celebrates the 230th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, a turning point in the French revolution that set the stage for the birth of the Republic.

    The day is celebrated nationwide with festivals, concerts, fireworks and bals de pompiers, which are alcohol-laced parties thrown by firefighters inside fire stations to raise funds.

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