Paris Celebrates Bastille Day
The French capital was alive with excitement and national pride as it celebrated Bastille Day.
President Nicolas Sarkozy was there along with leaders from a dozen African nations that won independence from France 50 years ago.
Along with the traditional appearances by the French Foreign Legion, the army, navy and air force – 400 African soldiers took part in this years parade sparking criticism from human rights groups because of the patchy human rights records of some of the armies taking part.
Torrential downpours engulfed Paris during the second half of the parade, soaking the brigades of sailors and soldiers, but not dampening their spirits.