1. Various exteriors of Prefecture of Police building
2. French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin arriving in prefecture courtyard
3. De Villepin in front of troops listening to French national anthem
4. Various of French veterans listening
5. Banner showing liberation of Paris, pan out to French soldier at attention
6. De Villepin and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe (in light grey suit), veterans standing before big French flag
7. De Villepin and Delanoe standing as music plays
8. Veterans hoisting flags
9. Various of De Villepin laying wreath in front of monument
10. Policemen hoisting French flag
11. Various of French flag on flagpole
12. Veterans standing as trumpet plays
13. Banner with photo of General Charles de Gaulle
14. Various of open-air World War II exhibition outside prefecture
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominique de Villepin, French interior minister:
"Well of course, it's a very important liberation because as you've seen all the French policemen, the policemen of Paris, have been participating to this great event. So I think it is one of a very symbolic moment for our history, so it's very important and very moving for us to be celebrating this day here today."
French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin on Thursday attended a celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Paris after more than four years of Nazi occupation.
On the 19th August 1944, French police officers stormed the Prefecture of Police, the capital's main police headquarters.
In two hours the prefecture was secured, the tricolor French flag was hoisted for the first time in months, and the Marseillaise, the French national anthem, resonated in the central courtyard.
Six days later, on August 25, the Germans surrendered Paris and US forces arrived in the city to a hero's welcome.
Thursday's ceremony took place in the police courtyard where the uprising began.
Of the roughly 2,000 police officers who participated in the effort, 167 were killed in fighting that day.
De Villepin, accompanied by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, Police Prefect Jean-Paul Proust, and other civil and military authorities, laid sprays of flowers at the foot of monuments to commemorate the fallen fighters.