Bastille Day

French Bastille Day firework blast kills boy, 7, and older sister

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The boy was killed instantly and his 24-year-old sister died later of a heart attack after the tragedy at a display at Cholet in western France. 

Macron interview: Russia 'will use gas as a weapon of war'

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In the Bastille Day interview the president also called on the French to reduce energy use and waste saying that using less energy was a good thing both "for the climate and also for our energy independence".

Protests on Bastille Day amid anger at tighter Covid rules

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Demonstrations in Paris and other cities over plan for mandatory vaccinations for health workers and vaccine pass for public places.

Bastille Day parade returns with Sahel forces in top billing

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European special forces involved in anti-jihadist operations in west Africa's Sahel region were given prime position in the traditional Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on 14 July.

France celebrates virus heroes on redesigned Bastille Day

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This year's commemoration is also paying homage to former President Charles de Gaulle, 80 years after the historic appeal he made to opponents of France’s Nazi occupiers that gave birth to the French Resistance.

France's Bastille Day parade cancelled over virus pandemic

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The French government has announced that the yearly Bastille Day grand military parade through central Paris, a tradition since WW1, is cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the associated requirements for social distancing, but will include the traditional flypast which this year will pay tribute to medical personnel.

Bumpy ride and tricolour blunder at Bastille Day parade in Paris

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The traditional July 14th military parade along the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris, which involved more than 4,200 military personnel, was not all smooth going on Saturday, when two gendarmerie motorbike riders collided and the jet flypast spreading the tricolour smoke ribbon of the French national flag mixed up the colour coordination. 

Paris on security alert ahead of Bastille Day and World Cup crowds

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Exceptional security measures are in place around the French capital to deal with a potential terrorism threat as vast crowds are expected to turn out for Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday and at fan zone sites for watching the football World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

The stakes behind the 'Trump and Macron show'

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US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to Paris last week saw him courted with great pomp and ceremony by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron whose red-carpet welcome provided Trump with a welcome diversion from political turmoil at home and a rare break from his isolation on the international stage. Macron, meanwhile, seized the opportunity of the vacuum created by Brexit and forthcoming elections in Germany to position Paris as Washington’s new “special friend” in Europe. Mediapart’s Washington correspondent Philippe Coste reports on how the manoeuvring was viewed from across the Atlantic.

Court orders magazine Paris Match not to further publish Nice photos

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A Paris court has refused a public prosecutor's demand that the latest issue of French weekly Paris Match be withdrawn from sale over its publication of gruesome CCTV images of the 2016 Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds, killing 86 and injuring hundreds more, but has ordered the magazine not to republish the photos.

Move to pull Paris Match from newsstands over Nice attack photos

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The Paris public prosecutor's office has asked for a court order to remove the weekly magazine from sales points in France on Thursday over its publication of gruesome images from CCTV footage of the terrorist attack in the Rivierra city in July last year when a man acting in the name of Islamic State drove a truck into seafront crowds killing 86 people and injuring more than 450 others. 

Trump arrives in Paris for Bastille Day parade

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US President Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Thursday for a two-day visit when he will take part in the traditional French Bastille Day military parade and commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of US troops into World War One, while also holding several meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron who officials said was keen to de-frost relations with the US leader.

Trump accepts Macron's Bastille Day invitation

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Macron's office said Trump will attend traditional military parade on Champs-Elysées, where US soldiers will march alongside French troops.

France’s Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day festivities

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Donald Trump and First Lady asked to attend the parade on July 14 and French president’s office says US leader promised to examine invitation.

France arrests 11 over Bastille Day truck attack in Nice

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Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city of Nantes.