France celebrates Bastille Day with little fanfare amid pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-15 03:36:12|Editor: huaxia

PARIS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Without the traditional military parade down the famous avenue of the Champs Elysees and public celebration, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday presided over the Bastille Day ceremony overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis.

For this year's celebration, the military parade, which traditionally attracted huge crowds, was cancelled for the first time since 1945 and replaced by a downsized defile in the Place de la Concorde square in central Paris.

French Air Force Patrouille de France is seen during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, on July 14, 2020. (Xinhua)

The Bastille Day celebration is held at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, on July 14, 2020. (Xinhua)

The Bastille Day celebration is held at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, on July 14, 2020. (Xinhua)

French Air Force Patrouille de France fly over the pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

French Air Force Patrouille de France fly over the pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A helicopter flies over the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

People watch the air show at the Louvre Museum during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

French Air Force military aircraft are seen during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A father and his son watch the aircraft near the pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the Bastille Day celebration at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

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