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France carefully celebrates virus-clouded Bastille day

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Members of the Republican Guard will march on the Champs Elysees on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 before the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Bastille Day is a national holiday of the French people commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. (AP Photo / Lewis Jolly)

Paris (AP) — Bastille Day is back.

France is celebrating Wednesday’s holiday, with thousands of troops marching at parades in Paris and traditional parties across the country after last year’s event was shrunk due to fear of the virus.

Although these concerns remain lurking this year, the government has decided to proceed with a parade on the Champs Elysees as part of a broader effort to return to pre-pandemic activity.

The number of spectators is limited and is limited to a small part of the parade. In addition, each spectator must present a special path to prove that they have been completely vaccinated, have recently recovered from the virus, or have a negative virus test. Similar restrictions will be placed on those who gather to see the elaborate fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday night.

The parade will be led by members of a French-led international force fighting militants in Mali and the surrounding Sahel region. President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that France is reducing the number of troops in the region due to the evolution of the threat.

The parade will be honored by military medics who have helped shuttle vaccines to overseas French territories, treat viral patients, and otherwise help fight the pandemic.

A total of 73 military aircraft, medical helicopters and other aircraft will cross the Paris region.

Last year’s Bastille Day parade was canceled and replaced with a static ceremony honoring medical workers who died in the fight against COVID-19.

France has lost more than 111,000 lives in a pandemic, and the government is working hard to vaccinate more people to combat the recurrent infections caused by the delta mutation.

Bastille Day marks the attack on Bastille Prison in eastern Paris on July 14, 1789, to commemorate the birth of the French Revolution.

France carefully celebrates virus-clouded Bastille day

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