What will France's July 14 celebrations look like this year?

Fireworks explode over a sparking Eiffel Tower in Paris. What will France's July 14 celebrations look like this year?
The traditional fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower will go ahead, but crowds are not permitted to gather underneath.

Celebrations will still take place in France on 14 July this year, but with some differences due to the Covid-19 crisis.

La Fête Nationale, also called le 14 juillet in French or “Bastille Day” in English, is traditionally celebrated with a military parade along the Champs-Elysées in Paris (Ile-de-France), firework displays and dances in cities around France the evening.

However this year some changes have been put in place.

Covid-19 affects 14 July celebrations

While a ceremony in Paris will pay homage to those who have fought the virus on the front line, celebrations elsewhere will not go ahead as usual.

Although France is no longer in a state of health emergency as a result of the virus, gatherings of more than 5,000 people are still not allowed, and nightclubs are closed.

This means many events that would usually draw crowds, such as fireworks displays and dances, have been cancelled ...

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