French celebrate Bastille Day amid heightened security

Global News

PARIS – France is celebrating Bastille Day with a display of fighter jets and with anti-terrorist forces marching in the yearly parade in Paris for the first time as the country’s leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists.

The national holiday on Tuesday comes after the country was hit by terror attacks in January that killed 12 people, and after an extremist beheaded his employer last month and caused an explosion that injured two people.

French President Francois Hollande presided over the yearly parade on the Champs Elysee. Alongside him was his guest of honour, Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government is smarting following the audacious prison break of a major drug lord.

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