France: Police use tear gas as hundreds join Bastille Day demo in Paris

Hundreds of people descended to protest on the Place de la Bastille in Paris on Tuesday, as France celebrated its national day, Bastille Day. Large numbers of riot police were on the scene with officers eventually deploying tear gas to empty the square, where the Bastille prison once stood. This year, French President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion to announce a €100bn ($114.1bn) economic recovery programme, and the government staged a small parade honouring healthcare professionals who have helped the country fight the COVID-19 epidemic. Bastille Day is a French national holiday celebrated each year on July 14. It marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution. A French government ban on public gatherings with more than 5,000 people is still in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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