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In pictures: African troops practise for 'Bastille Day'

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-13

This year’s July 14 military parade, celebrating the French National Holiday, known outside France as “Bastille Day”, will feature Malian troops and African UN peacekeepers who contributed to the French-led military intervention in Mali.

In the early hours of Thursday morning French, Malian and African soldiers on the UN’s African “MINUSMA” peacekeeping operation in Mali marched down the Champs Elysées in central Paris in a rehearsal for Sunday’s July 14 “Bastille Day” parade.

The first soldier in Sunday’s march will be Malian Colonel Elisée Jean Dao. Some 232 African soldiers from 13 nations will be in the vanguard of the parade. Taking the salute beside French President François Hollande will be Malian interim President Dioncounda Traoré and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Date created : 2013-07-12

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