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Bastille Day: A brief history of France’s July 14 national holiday

France celebrates its fête nationale every year with fireworks, concerts and an extravagant military parade down the Champs-Élysées in the presence of the president, a bevy of politicians and often a foreign head of state as an honoured guest. The July 14 date of the fête commemorates two important events in French history. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the holiday’s origins and what to expect on the day.

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