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    France's ability to assemble a military force quickly in a case of emergency was the theme of the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris on Thursday (14 July).

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    France's ability to assemble a military force quickly in a case of emergency was the theme of the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris on Thursday (14 July).

    SYNOPSIS: President Valery Giscard d'Estaing watched from outside the Military College as 12 giant planes flew low over the capital to herald the start of the display. Similar planes flew Moroccan military aid to Zaire earlier this year. President Giscard d'Estaing took the salute as motorised units and 3,000 men from the Marine Light Infantry, the parachute regiments and naval and air force commando units marched past.

    The parade attracted thousands of sightseers and it was held in dry but overcast conditions. This year it was brought back to the Champs Elysees after being moved to the working class east of the city in 1974.

    Several of the French military training establishments were also represented in the parade.

    The hour-long parade ended at the Champs de Mars, where, in 1790, revolutionaries celebrated the first anniversary of the fall of the infamous Bastille prison.

    President Giscard d'Estaing introduced a change to the ceremonies this year -- he opened the Elysee presidential palace to the public for the first time. He says he wants Bastille Day to be a festival of national unity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40QKJD9EMO96SAGD4M4WJ7E9R
    Media URN:
    VLVA40QKJD9EMO96SAGD4M4WJ7E9R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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