Macron to show off Euro defense cooperation at Paris parade

Macron to show off Euro defense cooperation at Paris parade

The annual Bastille Day celebration in Paris this year was not just about showcasing France, but also military cooperation among European continues. Before the parade, he delivered a message to the French people and said he wanted to highlight France's "irrevocable commitment to consolidate French and European security". "The construction of a Europe of defense, in connection with the Atlantic alliance whose 70th anniversary we are celebrating, is a priority for France", Macron said in a statement ahead of the Bastille Day parade.

A French inventor and entrepreneur celebrated Bastille Day by soaring above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine engine-powered "flyboard" in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other European Union leaders.

"Acting together and strengthening our ability to act collectively is one of the challenges that the European Intervention Initiative, along with other key European projects, wants to address", he added.

Flags of the 10 countries participating in the European Intervention Initiative, a French-led joint military pact created at Macron's initiative, led off the military parade in Paris that featured over 4,000 military personnel, 69 military airplanes and 39 helicopters.

Bonne fête nationale! // Happy Bastille day!

The former jetskiing champion and military reservist Franky Zapata clutched a rifle as he soared above the Champs-Élysées on his futuristic machine, which the French military has helped to develop.

Macron hosted a lunch at the presidential Elysee Palace with the other European leaders.

July 14 marks the storming of the infamous Bastille prison in Paris in 1789, which became a key event of the French Revolution and was later declared a national holiday.

The declaration was made on the eve of France's Bastille Day national celebrations. The French-led initiative, which includes Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, was launched past year.

Cries demanding the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron, the activists' anthem and the launching of yellow balloons were among the actions chosen by protesters mingled with the tens of thousands of people attending the parade.



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