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July 14th : French National Day
July 14th : French National Day

National Day is an annual opportunity to many festivities (mostly free) throughout France: dances, fireman's ball, fireworks ... While many town halls have reduced or canceled wing activities for budgetary reason, there are many opportunities to party.

No national holiday without fireworks ( "feu d'artifice du 14 juillet") !

As every year, the fireworks of July 14 the Eiffel Tower will make the crowds move. This pyrotechnic medley, which will highlight the cultural diversity in Paris on the theme of "Paris hosts the World", will be preceded by a concert of classical music, 21: 30 pm, in the Champ de Mars, with the Orchestre national de France to the desks. he begin to 11pm !

others traditions of French national day :

Firemen's Ball ("Bals des Pompiers")

the party and good humor firefighters, 13 or 14 or 2 nights according to the barracks! More than 40 barracks welcome the population of Paris and the departments of the inner suburbs on 11 and 13 and / or 14 July. From 21 hours to 4 am, the firemen will host this event that gives the indispensable opportunity to get out of trouble and daily emergency missions! This year : for safety reasons, the organizers reserve the right to access to the ball. The entrance fee may be charged, otherwise the traditional "barrel" tend his arms to receive donations. The funds raised on this occasion will be fully paid to the Association for the Development of Social Works Fire Brigade of Paris (ADOSSPP).

and the famous : Parade of July 14 ("Défilé du 14 juillet") :

honoring the forces of RAID, GIGN BIS and followed the operation "Parisians and Ile welcome their soldiers"

This parade of July 14 should be placed under the sign of 70 years of liberation. Only the event has been overtaken by events. If the order of the Liberation will of honor on the Champs-Elysées, the exceptional presence of the men of Raid, the BIS and the GIGN, which are illustrated in January during the attacks of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper hide, could overshadow him. Reviewing the procession. The order of the Liberation of honor The decision was made in December.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of 1945, Francois Hollande has decided to honor the Companions of the Liberation. Ten of them will be present rostrum. Alain Gayet, the grandfather of the actress who became famous during the Second World War, could even end up with François Hollande. The 5 cities and 21 combat units decorated with the Order of the Liberation will also be represented at the opening of the parade. Heaven side, the Patrouille de France will form a Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of Free France.

• A new presence But on July 14 will also be marked by a more recent events. Six months after the attacks of Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Hide, members of Raid, the BIS and the GIGN will parade for the first time on the Champs Elysees. To remain anonymous, however, they will be coated with a light helmet and goggles. The 41st Signal Regiment of Douai, engaged first in the Ile-de-France after the attacks, he will be responsible for representing the 10,000 soldiers committed in the past six months in the Sentinel operation. The forces deployed on an operation outside ground, whether in the Sahel, Central Africa or Iraq, will be present. The President also thanked those who served in the management of the Ebola crisis.

• "A parade reduced but not the cheap" Therefore the current level of commitment of French forces: the parade, which usually lasts 1:45, will be this year shortened by fifteen minutes. "The parade is reduced, recognizes the general Hervé Charpentier, military governor of Paris, but it is not cheap." The procession, which had already reduced for budgetary reasons in recent years, has again been revised downwards . The number of troops down 8% compared with 2014 and the number of vehicles by 27%. Thus Leclerc tanks deployed in Poland, does not parade on the Champs Elysees. And, again because of Vigipirate, there will be no presentation of the material on the Esplanade des Invalides.

• And an honored guest: Mexico Mexico, guest of honor, will also take part in the parade. This comes amid a visit by President Enrique Peña Nieto. This is accompanied by 145 cadets the Army, Air Force, Navy and the Gendarmerie. Three golden eagles and three nozzles will also fly in the Parisian sky.

Le Figaro & Le Parisien

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