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French National Day celebrated with fervour, gaiety

Press Trust of India 

The French National Day was celebrated today in the union territory, a former French colony, with fervour and

The day is also known as 'Bastille Day' as it was in July 14 in 1789 that the in was stormed, marking the outbreak of the French revolution.

Puducherry Collector Devesh Singh, French and representatives of various organisations of retired French civil and military personnel and french nationals paid homage to the statue of 'Soldat Inconnu' (Unknown Soldier) at the on the occasion.

The police band played national songs of and as part of the celebration.

Puducherry retains French culture and the headgear of the policemen represent the design adopted in

There are institutions like the French Institute, which out research in indology and other fields.

sources told PTI around 6,000 French nationals reside in Puducherry.

French is one of the languages of the Puducherry government.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:15 IST