Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day29 July 2021What was claimed Tanks were seen in Paris’ Champs Élysées, around the same time as protests against France’s introduction of vaccine or immunity certification. Our verdict The photo was almost certainly taken on Bastille Day, a national French holiday, on which military vehicles parade the Champs Élysées. A Facebook post includes an image of tanks lined up along Paris’ Champs-Élysées with the caption “Ladies and gentlemen, here we have an image of tanks on the streets of Central Paris. The picture was posted on 15 July, the day after Bastille Day, the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille and a key event in the French Revolution. Similar military vehicles were pictured this year in national and international news, photo and video reports, as well as social media posts, from the Bastille Day parade in Paris.