• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S NUCLEAR STRIKING FORCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WENT ON PUBLIC DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. MIRAGE?

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    FRANCE'S NUCLEAR STRIKING FORCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WENT ON PUBLIC DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. MIRAGE FOUR JETS, CAPABLE OF CARRYING ATOMIC BOMBS, THUNDERED ACROSS PARIS DURING A GIANT MILITARY PARADE MARKING BASTILLE DAY. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE TOOK THE SALUTE.

    IT WAS THE ANNUAL 14TH OF JULY PARADE RECALLING THE STORMING OF THE BASTILLE IN 1789, AND WAS THE BIGGEST SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO. NINE-THOUSAND MEN, MORE THAN 600 VEHICLES AND NUMEROUS AIRCRAFT TOOK PART.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE CHAMPS ELYSEES TO SEE THE ARMED STRENGTH OF FRANCE MARCH AND ROLL BY. ALL BRANCHES OF THE ARMED FORCES WERE REPRESENTED, DISPLAYING THE GROWING MILITARY MIGHT OF FRANCE.

    THE MIRAGE FOUR JETS DROPPED OUT OF THE OVERCAST SKIES TO GIVE THE PUBLIC THEIR FIRST GLIMPSE OF THEM. DESIGNED TO FLY AT TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE CALLS THEM HIS "FORCE OF DISSUASION."
    "HONEST JOHN" MISSILES PROVIDED ANOTHER REMINDER OF FRANCE'S AERIAL STRENGTH. THEY, TOO, ARE SAID TO HAVE NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES.

    (BASTILLE DAY IS AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY IN FRANCE. THE BASTILLE WAS A PRISON IN FRANCE, WHERE THOSE WHO CRITISED THE RULERS OF THE TIME WERE IMPRISONED. ITS FALL TO REVOLUTIONARIES ON JULY 14, 1789, SYMBOLISED TO FRENCHMEN A NEW ERA FOR THEIR COUNTRY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVACH226AK2SRFHOWLAH23X93T87
    Media URN:
    VLVACH226AK2SRFHOWLAH23X93T87
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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