The best photos from France’s Bastille Day celebration

French troops marched down the Champs-Elysees today to mark Bastille Day, in front of thousands.   For you history buffs: the holiday celebrates July 14, 1789, the day angry crowds stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, helping to set off the French Revolution. Below, A Republican Guard infantry regiment in today’s parade:  Jacques Demarthon /AFP/Getty ...

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French troops marched down the Champs-Elysees today to mark Bastille Day, in front of thousands.  

For you history buffs: the holiday celebrates July 14, 1789, the day angry crowds stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, helping to set off the French Revolution.

French troops marched down the Champs-Elysees today to mark Bastille Day, in front of thousands.  

For you history buffs: the holiday celebrates July 14, 1789, the day angry crowds stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, helping to set off the French Revolution.

Below, A Republican Guard infantry regiment in today’s parade: 

Jacques Demarthon /AFP/Getty Images

 

A French Rafale jet flying over the famed Paris Arc de Triomphe:

Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images   

 

Republican Guards riding down the Champs Elysees in front of the Arc: 

Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

 

More from today’s impressive air show: 

Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

 

French soldiers march in front of government officials, including President Nicolas Sarkozy:

Franck Prevel/Getty Images

Robert Zeliger is News Editor of Foreign Policy.

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