The fourteenth of July, France's Bastille Day, was celebrated in Ivory Coast yesterday (14 July) with a military parade by French troops stationed in Abidjan.
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Background: The fourteenth of July, France's Bastille Day, was celebrated in Ivory Coast yesterday (14 July) with a military parade by French troops stationed in Abidjan. More then 300 troops, with their armoured vehicles, took part in the traditional parade.
The celebration was attended by the Ivory Coast Armed Forces Minister M. M'Bahia Ble, the French Ambassador M. Raphael Leygues, and the Ivory Coast Army Chief of Staff, General Thomas Quattara Dacquin.
Taking part in the celebration were troops of the Fourth RIAOM, the unit which comprises France's military presence under a defence treaty with both the Ivory Coast and Niger.
A medal-presentation ceremony took place as part of the celebrations. Medals were presented in the name of the President of the Republic of France. M. Georges Pompidou, by the commander of the French contingent, Colonel Am???.
Armoured vehicles and personnel carriers then paraded before a big crowd of people as Armed Forces Minister M. Ble and Ambassador Leygues took the salute.
The celebration marked the 180th anniversary of the fall of the Bastille prison in Paris, the symbol of tyranny before the French revolution.