France has celebrated Bastille Day 2016 with its traditional military parade in Paris. Fighter jets trailing smoke in the colours of the national flag flew over the Arc d'Triomphe, as President Francois Hollande presided. The guests of honour this year were Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who applauded as Australian troops and Maori warriors joined French soldiers marching down the Champs-Elysées.

Bastille Day 2016
Alphajet aircrafts from the French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France release smoke in the colours of the French national flag as they fly over the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
An elevated view of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in ParisStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
French President Francois Hollande, the Military Governor of Paris Bruno Le Ray and the Chief of the Defence Staff French army General Pierre de Villiers arrive in a command car for the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP
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A member of the Spanish Guardia Civil marches down the Champs-Elysees with students of the National Gendarmerie military schoolDominique Faget/AFP
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French Republican Guards march down the Champs-Elysees in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
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Members of the Republican Guard on horseback take part in the annual Bastille Day military paradeDominique Faget/AFP
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Maori warriors take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Place de la ConcordeDominique Faget/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Maori warriors from New Zealand take part in the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs ElyseesBenoit Tessier/Reuters
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Troops from Australia march in front of the presidential tribune on the Champs-ElyseesCharles Platiau/Reuters
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Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, French President Francois Hollande, French Prime minister Manuel Valls and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key applaud from the presidential box on the Place de la ConcordePatrick Kovarik/AFP
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French Mirage 2000C fighters and an Alphajet fly over Paris on their way to participate in the Bastille Day military paradePhilippe Wojazer/Reuters
Bastille Day 2016
An aerial view taken from a helicopter shows the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military paradeThomas Samson/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
A view taken from a helicopter shows Alphajet aircrafts from the French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France releasing smoke in the colours of the French national flag as they fly above the rooftops of Paris during the annual Bastille Day military paradeThomas Samson/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
A trail of smoke in the colours of the French national flag rises above the La Defense business districtStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Alphajet aircrafts from the French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France release smoke in the colours of the French national flagStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
A view taken from a helicopter shows four Mirage 2000-5 jets flying over the rooftops of Paris during the annual Bastille Day military paradeThomas Samson/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
French police officers watch over the parade from the top of the Arc de TriompheStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
A French sniper takes up his position at the top of the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day military paradeStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Military helicopters fly over the Champs-Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military paradeDominique Faget/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
A US Air Force KC130J refueling tanker and two French Caracal helicopters fly over the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Three Rafale M jet fighters and an E2C aircraft fly over ParisDominique Faget/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Mirage 2000N jets of the La Fayette squadron fly over the Champs-ElyseesStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
The French Foreign Legion takes part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP
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The 132nd Canine Unit Battalion of the French Army march down the Champs-Elysees with their dogsPatrick Kovarik/AFP
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French Leclerc tanks of the 501st regiment parade down the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP
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French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with onlookers on the Champs-ElyseesThibault Camus/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
French Gendarmes drink champagne before taking part in the annual Bastille Day military paradeStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Students from the French military school wait near the Arc de Triomphe before taking part in the annual Bastille Day military paradeStephane de Sakutin/AFP
Bastille Day 2016
Different types of French military caps are stacked on shelves in a cloakroom at the Defence ministry in ParisStephane de Sakutin/Getty Images
Bastille Day 2016
Students form the national flag as they sing the French national anthem on the Place de la Concorde after marching down the Champs-ElyseesDominique Faget/AFP

The annual holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison, which marked the start of the 1789 French Revolution.