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Controversy on the Champs Elysées

In France, this year's Bastille Day celebrations are marred by controversy: there are even claims France is selling out its democratic ideals. On July 14th, soldiers from thirteen African countries are participating in the traditional annual military parade, in order to commemorate their independence 50 years ago. But this has sparked complaints that France is overlooking their poor record when it comes to democracy and human rights.

By Sylvain ROUSSEAU , Kate WILLIAMS

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