France Marks Bastille Day With Major Military Parade • Channels Television


Members of the 152 Regiment D’Infanterie ride in their vehicles during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. Ludovic MARIN / AFP


Fighter jets streaked over Paris on Saturday as part of a massive military parade in a “demonstration of controlled force” on France’s national day, due to be followed by a street party if “Les Bleus” win the World Cup.

Thousands of people, many of them tourists, thronged the Champs Elysées avenue to watch the march past involving 4,290 soldiers, 220 vehicles, 250 horses, 64 jets and 30 helicopters.

President Emmanuel Macron flagged off the two-hour spectacle and was joined by two guests of honour: Singapore Prime Minister Hsien Loong and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The theme of this year’s Bastille Day was “fraternity in arms” and featured Spanish gendarmes, Belgian armoured vehicles and an Airbus A400M military transport plane from the German defence…

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