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Spectacular July 14th fireworks light up Paris

Paris celebrated France's national Bastille Day in style on Tuesday with a huge fireworks bonanza that lit up the sky and showed exactly why the French capital is called the City of Light. Here's what you missed.

Spectacular July 14th fireworks light up Paris
Paris witnessed another spectacular fireworks show on Tuesday to mark Bastille. Photo: AFP
France annual Bastille Day celebrations climaxed in the usual spectacular fashion on Tuesday with a stunning fireworks display that lit up the skies above the Eiffel Tower.

Here's a selection of images and videos, just in case you missed it.

(People wait for the fireworks to be launched above the Eiffel Tower. AFP)

(The Eiffel Tower is lit up with the colors of the French national flag prior to the beginning of the show. AFP)

(Photo: AFP)

 

See a repeat of the full show here.

 
 
Earlier in the day the Champs Elysée hosted the annual Bastille Day parade, attended by French president François Hollande as well as numerous other dignitaries.
 
 
 
 
 

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Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks

Paris transport authorities have released a list of closures during the July 14th fireworks display.

Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks
The fireworks will go ahead this year, but without the crowds. Photo: AFP

July 14th marks France's fête nationale – known in the Anglophone world as Bastille Day – and although celebrations are scaled back this year, the traditional fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower is going ahead.

Spectators will not be allowed at the Tower, instead people can watch on TV or from the top of the Montparnasse Tower – with advance tickets only. Likewise the Champs de Mars concert is going ahead but without a live audience.

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But despite the lack of crowds, there will still be closures on several Metro, bus and RER lines on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

From 4pm the following stations will be closed;

  • Pont de l'Alma, Tour Eiffel, Champs de mars and Kennedy Radio France on RER line C
  • Bir Hakeim on line 6
  • Ecole Militaire on line 8
  • Trocadero on line 6 and 9
  • Iéna and Alma Marceau on line 9

From 7pm the closures will extend to;

  • Javel on RER C and Metro line 10
  • Invalides on RER C and lines 8 and 13
  • La Motte Piquet Grenelle on lines 6, 8 and 10
  • Sevres Lecourb, Dupleix, Cambronne, Passy, Boissière, and Kléber on line 6
  • La Tour Maubourg on line 8
  • Rue de la Pompe on line 9
  • Saint François Xavier and Varenne on line 10
  • Eglise d'Auteuil, Emile Zola, Boulogne Pont de Saint Cloud, Boulogne Jean Jaurès, Chardon Lagache, Charles Michel, Charles Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitar, Mirabeau, Porte d'Auteuil and Ségur on line 10

Transport operator RATP says the stations will reopen 'at the order of Paris police'

 

 

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