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A parachute glides down the Brevent mountain giving a view of the Mont-Blanc mountain, in the French Alps.

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A parachute glides down between the Brevent mountain and Mont-Blanc mountain range in the French Alps on Wednesday

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.

World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92 years-old from Britain who served with three different commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery

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British World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92, who served with three commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery, in northern France, on Wednesday. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. French Government named JR to decorate with portraits the dome of Paris' Pantheon, that is the final resting place for 72 of France's renowned men, and just one woman, as the monument is undergoing a 2 year renovation.

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Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris on Tuesday

French teenagers who are part of a WWII reenactment group relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to 'Gold Beach' as preparations for the 70th Anniversary Of D-Day are finalised on June 2, 2014 in Bayeux, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy,  these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

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French teenagers, who are part of a second world war re-enactment group, relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to Gold beach, as preparations for the 70th anniversary of D-day are finalised on Monday in Bayeux, France

Illegal Afghan immigrants wait to be expelled from their camp at Calais on May 28, 2014. French police early Wednesday began expelling around 650 migrants from camps in the northern port of Calais.

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Illegal Afghan immigrants wait to be expelled from their camp at Calais. French police early Wednesday began expelling around 650 migrants from camps in the northern port of Calais.

A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during the Mud Day run in Beynes, west of Paris, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.

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A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during run in Beynes, west of Paris on Thursday. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.

Topless activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen raise their fists during a "Fascist's epidemic" protest, on April 22, 2014 in Paris, to disturb a press conference of French far-right National Front (FN) party, marking the start of the FN's electoral campaign for the European elections. The European Parliamentary elections will take place from May 22 to May 25, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen raise their fists during a “Fascist’s epidemic” protest in Paris, to disturb a press conference of French far-right National Front (FN) party, marking the start of the FN’s electoral campaign for the European elections. The European Parliamentary elections will take place from May 22 to May 25, 2014 

An employee of the "Seita-Imperial tobacco" plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory on April 16, 2014. Imperial Tobacco yesterday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales. The two factories concerned are Carquefou's one, where 327 people are employed, and Nottingham in central England, which has 540 staff.

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An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory. Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs.

A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves of the Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France

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A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves at Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France. The cemetery is the largest single French military burial place of the first world war.

France's newly appointed Prime minister Manuel Valls (L) speaks with French President Francois Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on April 4, 2014.

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Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.