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France's national colours trail above the Arc de Triomphe during the traditional Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris, July 14, 2014. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

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France’s national colours trail above the Arc de Triomphe during the traditional Bastille Day fly-past and parade along the Champs Elysées in Paris. This year it has extra significance as the country marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war

Cycling Tour de France

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The peloton passes a field of sunflowers during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race. The 234.5 km stage started in Epernay and finished in Nancy, France 

A model wears a creation as part of the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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A model wears a creation as part of the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris,

Cycling Tour de France

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Rain clouds spell trouble for the riders as the peloton heads towards Lille during the Tour de France. The riders set out from Le Touquet for the 163 km fourth stage of the three-week race.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris...Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) leaves his residence in Paris, July 2, 2014. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign, the prosecutor's office said.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)    ATTENTION EDITORS FRENCH LAW REQUIRES THAT CAR REGISTRATION PLATES ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN FRANCE

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in Paris. Mr Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign, the prosecutor’s office said

Greenpeace activists climb on cranes

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Greenpeace activists climb on cranes to stop the UK-registered Safmarine Sahara cargo ship from docking after they wrote on its hull “illegal timber”, at the Port de la Pallice in La Rochelle, western France on Monday

A protester wearing a gas mask holds a smartphone and gestures

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A protester wearing a gas mask holds a smartphone and gestures during a demonstration by striking employees of the French state rail company SNCF near the transport ministry in Paris

A descendant of Comanche indian soldiers prays on Utah Beach on June 9, 2014 in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. 14 Comanche code talkers landed on June 6,1944 in Utah Beach with the 4th US infantry division. They used the Comanche language to transmit messages that could not be understood by the German occupiers.

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A descendant of Comanche Indian soldiers prays on Utah Beach on Monday in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. Fourteen Comanche code talkers landed there on June 6, 1944, with the 4th US infantry division.

70th anniversary of D-Day campaign

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D-Day veteran 88-year-old Victor Walker, formerly of HMS Versatile, arrives at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the second world war

Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer's Free French commando, 91 year old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy. Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer's special forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

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Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer’s Free French commando, 91-year-old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, France. Mr Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer’s special forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that event.