France's ability to assemble a military force quickly in a case of emergency was the theme of the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris on Thursday (14 July).
GV President Valery Giscard d'Estaing arrives at Bastille Day para military, parade in Paris
GV Aircraft flying past (2 shots)
GV Army troop carriers in parade as crowd watches (3 shots)
GV Military vehicles in parade and crowd watch (2 shots)
GV Fire engines and crowd watching (2 shots)
GV Troops on horseback watched by crowd (2 shots)
GV Police on motorcycles
GV Troops in parade as crowd watches (3 shots)
TRAVEL SHOT People in park near EIFFEL Tower
GV People queuing outside Elysee Place (2 shots)
GV People inside Elysee Palace
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Background: France's ability to assemble a military force quickly in a case of emergency was the theme of the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris on Thursday (14 July).
SYNOPSIS: President Valery Giscard d'Estaing watched from outside the Military College as 12 giant planes flew low over the capital to herald the start of the display. Similar planes flew Moroccan military aid to Zaire earlier this year. President Giscard d'Estaing took the salute as motorised units and 3,000 men from the Marine Light Infantry, the parachute regiments and naval and air force commando units marched past.
The parade attracted thousands of sightseers and it was held in dry but overcast conditions. This year it was brought back to the Champs Elysees after being moved to the working class east of the city in 1974.
Several of the French military training establishments were also represented in the parade.
The hour-long parade ended at the Champs de Mars, where, in 1790, revolutionaries celebrated the first anniversary of the fall of the infamous Bastille prison.
President Giscard d'Estaing introduced a change to the ceremonies this year -- he opened the Elysee presidential palace to the public for the first time. He says he wants Bastille Day to be a festival of national unity.