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Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Ashar 31, 1422 BS, Ramadan 27, 1436 Hijr

French celebrate Bastille Day amid heightened security
Published :Wednesday, 15 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

PARIS, July 14 : France is celebrating Bastille Day with a spectacular display of fighter jets - and with anti-terror forces marching in the yearly parade in Paris for the first time as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home.
The national holiday comes after the country was hit by terror attacks in January that killed 20 people, including the three attackers, and after an extremist beheaded his employer last month and caused an explosion that injured two people.
One spectator, Philippe Bastelisa, 55, who lives in Paris, said "it was really important that (security forces) participated in the parade, considering the situation right now and the drama of the beginning of the year."
Another, Katy-Pauli Giraud, 58, led a group of spectators from Calais to the festivities, and called it "great" that there was heightened protection against threats on such an important holiday.     ?AP

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