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Heroes of Afghanistan back for Bastille Day parade

They've just returned from Afghanistan, where six of their comrades made the ultimate sacrifice. France's Second Marine Infantry Regiment marched down the Champs-Elysées as part of the national Bastille Day celebrations. But the day was tinged with sadness, and not only from the French soldiers who have died this week. The French public seems to have little awareness of, or support for, what their troops are doing in Afghanistan.

By Sylvain ROUSSEAU , Patrick LOVETT

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