A grand display of armed troops and army bands feted Bastille Day, the French public holiday, in a French army camp in Abidjan on Wednesday, the 14th of July.
GV & CU Entrance to camp
SCU PAN Mbahia Ble & Ambassador Leygues arrive
SV Band plays as Mbahia & Leygues salute flag (4 shots)
LV & CU Reviewing the troops
CU & LV Veterans & crowd watch officers receive decorations (4 shots)
SV & LV Band plays as army vehicles drive past Leygues & Mbahia (6 shots)
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Background: A grand display of armed troops and army bands feted Bastille Day, the French public holiday, in a French army camp in Abidjan on Wednesday, the 14th of July. Many of the former French colonies celebrate with French the anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 - the Day of the liberation of the Bastille. And with the French Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, M. Jacques Raphael Leygues, was the Ivorian Minister of Defence, M. Mbahia Ble, and other member of the armed forces.
SYNOPSIS: At the French military camp of Port-Bouet in Abibjan, a military parade marked Bastille Day last Wednesday - the 14th July. The Ivorian Minister of Defence, M. Mbahia Ble, arrived to watch the parade with the French Ambassador, M. Jacques Raphael Leygues. Bastille Day, celebrated in France and many of her former colonies as one of the greatest days in French history, commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. A review of the troops began the celebrations.
Among the onlookers were many Ivorian veterans who served with the French army during the Second World War, and in later campaigns. For them, as every year, the day had a special significance. Lieutenant-Colonel Morvan, Commander of the French forces stationed in Abidjan, then presented eight of his officers with medals for good conduct and service.
The occasion was a happy one, and brought the representative of France and the Ivory Coast closer together, the Africans sharing in the history of France. M. Mbahia B1 and M. Leygues reviewed a march past by army vehicles to the backdrop of military fanfare. Throughout France, and many of her former colonies, the 14th of July saw similar parades as this....a time of joint memories.