Four jockeys - including Frankie Dettori (at left, bottom row) are pictured at Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris. Tonight a special Bastille Day group of races will be run at Longchamp.
Today is Bastille Day in France. Along with the usual parade down the Champs Elysee, festivities and fireworks, the former hostage Ingrid Betancourt will be appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. The decoration is one of France's highest civilian honours. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will present the award to Betancourt this afternoon at the Elysee Palace.
Betancourt, 46, has Colombian and French citizenship and received a hero's welcome in France ten days ago. She was freed July 2, after being held hostage six-and-a-half years in the Colombian jungle. Colombian soldiers posing as FARC rebels rescued her and other hostages.
Also on Bastille Day, traditionally a French rider will attempt to claim a stage win for the Tour de France's mountain climb from Pau to Hautacam in the Pyrenees.