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French celebrate Bastille Day amid heightened security following extremist attacks

  • Jets for the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue during the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Jets for the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue during the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexican troops march down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, as part of Bastille Day parade Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Mexican troops march down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, as part of Bastille Day parade Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • French anti-terrorist forces parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, as part of Bastille Day parade Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    French anti-terrorist forces parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, as part of Bastille Day parade Tuesday, July 14, 2015. French anti-terrorist forces join the traditional military parade celebrating Bastille Day, as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists abroad and at home. Mexico's president is the guest of honor at this year's event marking France's biggest holiday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

France is celebrating Bastille Day with a display of fighter jets and with anti-terrorist forces marching in the yearly parade in Paris for the first time as the country's leadership tries to show its muscle against extremists.

The national holiday on Tuesday comes after the country was hit by terror attacks in January that killed 12 people, and after an extremist beheaded his employer last month and caused an explosion that injured two people.

French President François Hollande presided over the yearly parade on the Champs Elysee. Alongside him was his guest of honor, Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government is smarting following the audacious prison break of a major drug lord.