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    Posted July 14, 2013 by
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    Bastille Day: Paris, July 14, 2013, Esplanade des Invalides.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter parallaxes spent Bastille Day, France's national holiday, in Paris -- drinking in the sunshine and enjoying an event held by the French army where residents can meet soldiers and admire the army's formidable array of tanks and other weaponry. It comes after the famous military parade down the Champs-Élysées in the city. "It is an opportunity to see military men and women in the flesh," he says, "and to discover that war people are also charming, smiling and ready to answer questions regarding the weaponry and their missions -- in Mali for instance -- that intrigue their compatriots."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    As every year, the soldiers who marched during the morning of July 14 on the Champs Elysees spread out with their vehicles in different districts of Paris to come to meet their compatriots.
    This now traditional meeting - "Parisians welcome their soldiers" - offers the public the opportunity to realize the expertise of the field workers who are proud to share their experience and to explain the material they use, and who willingly strike a pose with the public.
    In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere it is successively possible to be in control of a helicopter or a tank, to enjoy military music and to attend various demonstrations: rescue dogs training, parachute jumps...
    A particularly successful celebration this year since the weather was perfect for this event.

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