Champs Elysees avenue lit up in festive red

Hundreds turned out for the occasion, contrary to last year, when France observed a lockdown and only a handful of officials turned up for a ceremony broadcast live on the internet.

Considered by the French to be the 'most beautiful avenue of the world', the Champs Elysees spreads over nearly two kilometers and is lined with stores and restaurants.

At the top stands the Arc de Triomphe, a landmark monument of the French capital.

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