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France Celebrates Bastille Day Amid Virus Fears, Tensions

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Jets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Paris. France is celebrating its national holiday with thousands of troops marching in a Paris parade and traditional parties around the country, after last year's events were scaled back because of virus fears. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

(AP) — France has celebrated its national holiday with thousands of troops marching in a Paris parade and traditional parties around the country.

Last year’s Bastille Day events were scaled back because of virus fears. This year the government decided to go ahead with the parade on the Champs-Elysees on Wednesday as part of a broader effort to return to pre-pandemic activity. The number of spectators was limited.

All of them had to show special COVID passes. The same rules apply to those watching fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Protesters angry over new virus rules skirmished with police in Paris.

 

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