President Pompidou of France took the salute from nine-thousand servicemen at the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris on Saturday (14 July).
GV & LV Pompidou out of car greeted by military men and inspects troops (2 shots)
MV Troops present arms
GROUND TO AIR French Airforce jets over Champs Elysees trailing coloured smoke
GV & SV Tanks down Champs Elysees (2 shots)
SV Troops on trucks and rocket carriers
SV ZOOM OUT Nuclear missile past reviewing stand
GV & LV Troops march past (3 shots)
LV & GV Horse guards past review stand and down Champs Elysee (3 shots)
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Background: President Pompidou of France took the salute from nine-thousand servicemen at the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris on Saturday (14 July).
The parade, down the tree-lined Champs Elysees, began with formations of AMX-13 tanks rumbling past thousands of spectators while red, white and blue vapour trails from Fouga Magister jets painted the French flag in the sky.
As a ground-to-ground strategic ballistic air missile joined the armoury on display, the French government continued its total news blackout about the imminence of its nuclear testing campaign in the Pacific Ocean. It was the second year that the missile was on display. Eighteen of them -- each capable of carrying a warhead ten times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima -- are buried in underground silos in the Alps of Southern France.
Altogether six-hundred vehicles and 20 aircraft took part in the parade, which commemorates the start of the French revolution with the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
President Pompidou was flanked on the reviewing dais by members of his Cabinet and the diplomatic corps in France. The President, who was recently reported to be ill, was in bright spirits and stood throughout the hour-long precession.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris on Saturday -- and President Pompidou arrived to inspect some of the nine-thousand servicemen taking part. The President, who was recently reported to be ill, appeared in bright spirits as France displayed her military strength.
The parade commemorates the start of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It began with an impressive aerial display, and on the ground, formations of AMX-13 tanks rumbled down the Champs Elysees. Thousands of spectators lined the famous avenue in the heart of Paris.
While the French government maintained a total news blackout about the imminence of its nuclear tests in the Pacific, it included in the Bastille day parade one of the vanguards of its nuclear strike force -- a ground-to-ground strategic ballistic air missile.
Only one of the missiles was featured in this yacht's parade, but France is known to have eighteen nuclear missiles hurried in underground silos in the Southern Alps.
A troop of about one-hundred trumpet-blowing riders of the Republican Guard were in marked contrast to the dar b-coloured armoury on show. In all, six-hundred vehicles and two-hundred aircraft took part in the Bastille Day celebrations.