Bastille Day: A turning point of the French Revolution

Updated On Jul 14, 2020 11:50 AM IST

President Emmanuel Macron will host a Bastille Day ceremony scaled-down because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time since 1945, authorities have called off the annual military parade along the Champs-Elysees in Paris that marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille fortress that launched the French Revolution.

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Soldiers hold a French flag during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade on the Concorde square in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Soldiers hold a French flag during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade on the Concorde square in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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French President Emmanuel Macron is flanked by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Junior Minister for Veterans Genevieve Darrieussecq as he gives a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron is flanked by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Junior Minister for Veterans Genevieve Darrieussecq as he gives a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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French President Emmanuel Macron at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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French President Emmanuel Macron wears a protective face mask after giving a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron wears a protective face mask after giving a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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Brigitte Macron looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Brigitte Macron looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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French President Emmanuel Macron talks to French Defence Minister Florence Parly after giving a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron talks to French Defence Minister Florence Parly after giving a speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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A member of the French Military Forces listens to a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Junior Minister for Veterans Genevieve Darrieussecq, at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 11:50 AM IST

A member of the French Military Forces listens to a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Junior Minister for Veterans Genevieve Darrieussecq, at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive before his speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive before his speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive before his speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) View Photos in a new improved layout
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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive before his speech to the French Military Forces at the Hotel de Brienne in Paris, France, July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

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Soldiers walk on the Concorde square during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Soldiers walk on the Concorde square during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Bastille Day is the French national holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Bastille Day is the French national holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Soldiers hold a French flag during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade on the Concorde square in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 11:50 AM IST

Soldiers hold a French flag during a rehearsal for the Bastille Day parade on the Concorde square in Paris Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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