The national holiday is marked by the famous military parade on the Champs-Élysées. The festival’s theme, “Passing the Flame,” honors the resistance and the Olympic Games. It is scheduled to take place in Paris in 2024. Highlights of July 14 can be seen in pictures.
New items of military equipment are on display, the Republican Guard sings the Marseillaise and Emmanuel Macron marches with troops and is flanked by his government.
The July 14 parade, a symbolic and always spectacular moment, is broadcast live on the Elysée’s Twitter account.
Emmanuel Macron hails from the Champs-Élysées and reviews the military forces in line with the Republican tradition.
Just before the parade, the 128th promotion of Melun’s National Gendarmerie Officers’ School performed the song “Combat de Pontlieu” among the champions.
The latter reported that of the marchers, about 5,000, 41% belonged to the military. Tanks, helicopters and new equipment seen at the parade: The Jaguar Reconnaissance Armored Vehicle will parade for the first time, along with the new-generation Griffon armored vehicle.
Today nearly 5,000 marchers tread the cobblestones of the Champs-Élysées and 41% are from the military \u2705
— Army (@armeedeterre) July 14, 2022
Who says air parades are necessary, France’s top patrol aircraft. As usual, the motorists showed action.
For the first time in the parade, the Reaper drone, piloted from Cognac, flies over the Champs-Élysées. This drone is nicknamed the “mower” and closes the flypast. It weighs 4.5 tonnes, is about 20m wide and 11m long according to TF1 and is used specifically to detect jihadists in the Sahel.
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