1. Ceremony at the Porte D'Orleans in front of statue of General Leclerc
2. Veterans from the 2nd Armoured Division holding their colours
3. Military taking part in ceremony
4. Mid shot statue of General Leclerc
5. Veterans seated to watch ceremony
6. Various of French, American and 2nd Armoured Division flags
7. Military band playing the French National anthem
8. Paris Major Betrand Delanoe lays wreath before the statue of Leclerc
9. Close-up veteran from the French 2nd Armoured Division holding flag
10. Wide shot of 2nd Armoured Division Division flags held aloft
11. Close-up of 2nd Armoured Division flag with Cross of Lorraine emblazoned on it
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Willing, Veteran, Colonel, 2nd Armoured Division
"The people went mad when we entered Paris at Porte D'Orleans here, and especially when they saw General De Gaulle in his car, he was just behind me and there was madness. In fact we had to almost threaten the people not to jump on the vehicles."
The Mayor of Paris joined the French Minister for Veterans' Affairs and dozens of veterans from the French 2nd Armoured Division in a ceremony marking the sixtieth anniversary of General Leclerc's division's entrance into Paris.
The ceremony took place at Paris' Porte D'Orleans through which the first French soldiers entered the French capital, ending four years of German military occupation.
General Leclerc's division then continued on to join General Charles De Gaulle and the American military for the official liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944, at Place de Concorde.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and Hamlaoui Mekachera, the French Minister of Veterans' Affairs, paid homage to General Leclerc by laying wreaths in front of his statue.
The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, was played by a French military band as retired soldiers from the 2nd Armoured Division held their colours, emblazoned with the cross of Lorraine.
On Wednesday, a series of official ceremonies will mark the actual liberation of Paris. French President Jacques Chirac will attend several of them.