National holiday of July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille of July 14, 1789, in each year marks a big military parade on the Champs Elysees attended by the President of the Republic and all constituted bodies. There are also fireworks and dances in all French cities.
French foreign Legion's members parade during the ceremony of the Bastille Day, 14 July 2007 in Paris. France's Nicolas Sarkozy presides for the first time over Bastille Day national holiday celebrations, with military units from across the European Union.
German officers and Parisians mingle near a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Elysees on Bastille Day in 1940. The German armed forces occupied France earlier that year. July 14, 1940 Champs Elysees, Paris, France