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Happy Bastille Day! Celebrations Take Place Across France

Bastille Day, the French National Day, is held annually on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in 1789.

. Troops march down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris during the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 14, 2014. Bastille Day, the French National Day, is held annually on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in 1789. Thomas Samson / AFP - Getty Images

. France's President Francois Hollande is accompanied by the mounted Republican Guard as he rides in a command car during the traditional Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Benoit Tessier / Reuters

. Troops from the French 1st Infantry Regiment march in the traditional military parade as part of Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. France issued an unprecedented invitation to all 72 countries involved in World War I to take part in its annual Bastille Day military parade. Ian Langsdon / EPA

. Alpha Jets of the French Air Force, La Patrouille de France, release trails of blue, white and red smoke, the colors of the French national flag, as they fly over the Louvre Pyramid. Pierre Andrieu / AFP - Getty Images

. Soldiers wearing French WWI uniforms, known as 'Poilus', march in the traditional military parade. Ian Langsdon / EPA

. Youths release doves at the end of the traditional Bastille Day parade on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Benoit Tessier / Reuters

. France's national colours trail above the traditional Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysees. Benoit Tessier / Reuters

. Soldiers of the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (8e RPIMa) march in the parade in Paris. Benoit Tessier / Reuters

. Fireworks light up the sky near the Old Port as part of the end of traditional Bastille Day celebrations in Marseille, France. Philippe Laurenson / Reuters