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France celebrates Bastille Day in iconic style

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 15 2011   /  09:11 am

The French Embassy celebrated the country’s 222nd anniversary, famously known as Bastille Day, on Thursday in iconic French style.

France’s tricolor flag — blue, white and red — draped the walls and ceilings of the Hotel Borobudur ballroom where the celebration took place. In the center of the room, stood a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, perhaps Paris’ second best-known landmark after the  Eiffel Tower, emphasized the  ambiance.

Two screens flanking the podium showed live the military parade led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy along the Champs-Elysees.
To the Bastille!: French Ambassador to Indonesia Philippe Zeller (right) cuts a cake while Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring (left) and National Education Minister Muhammad Nuh (second left) cheer at an event for Bastille Day, marking France's National Day, in Jakarta on Th...