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Modi attends French National Day celebrations as Guest of Honour

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
Last updated on: July 14, 2023 18:16 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday joined French President Emmanuel Macron for the Bastille Day parade as the Guest of Honour with an Indian tri-services marching contingent wowing crowds here during the French National Day celebrations.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Emmanuel Macron, France's First Lady Brigitte Macron and others witness the marching of Indian Air Force personnel during the Bastille Day celebrations, in Paris, July 14, 2023. Photograph: ANI Photo

Prime Minister Modi is in France for a two-day official visit.

Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) also joined the flypast on the occasion along with French jets.


"India, inspired by its centuries old ethos, is committed to doing everything possible to make our planet peaceful, prosperous and sustainable. 1.4 billion Indians will always be grateful to France for being a strong and trusted partner. May the bond deepen even further!" Modi tweeted.

"A giant in world history, with a decisive role to play in the future, a strategic partner, a friend.We are proud to welcome India as our guest of honour at the 14 July parade," Macron tweeted.

"This 14 July, soldiers and Rafale aircraft from India are marching and flying alongside our troops," he wrote.

IMAGE: Indian armed forces contingent marching in the parade. Photograph: Courtesy MEA India on Twitter

"We honour the memory of those who fought with the French in the First World War. We shall never forget," the French President said in another tweet.

Marching to the tune of 'saare jahan se achcha', the 269-member Indian tri-services contingent participated in the parade and joined the flypast.

The contingent was led by Cdr Vrat Baghel. He was followed by his deputies, Lt Cdr Disha Amrith, Lt Cdr Rajat Tripathi and Lt Cdr Jittin Lalitha Dharmaraj.

IMAGE: Four Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force taking part in the Bastille Day flypast. Photograph: Courtesy MEA India on Twitter

Modi saluted the Indian contingent as it passed the dais where Macron, he and other dignitaries were seated.

Throughout the parade, Macron was seen animatedly explaining to Modi the nuances of the traditional parade.

The French National Day, or Bastille Day, occupies a special place in the French consciousness as it commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution in 1789.

The Bastille Day parade is the highlight of the celebrations.

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