Paris: The renowned Champs-Elysees in Paris, often referred to as the world’s most beautiful avenue, is abuzz with preparations to showcase the formidable French military prowess and extend a warm welcome to a distinguished guest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has graciously accepted the invitation to be the Guest of Honour at the French National Day, also known as Bastille Day. This momentous occasion commemorates the historic storming of the Bastille prison, an ancient royal fortress, during the French Revolution in 1789.
This year, India has been chosen as the esteemed guest of honour for the parade, and senior officials from the Indian Tri-Service are currently in Paris, actively participating in the parade rehearsals. The French forces express their utmost delight in welcoming the Indian forces to Paris for this grand event.
Captain Anthony, who serves with the Guerrilla Warfare Training Centre, told that he is proud to welcome Indian forces and looks forward to Marching with them on Bastille Day.
In a display of perfect coordination, Indian and French Air Force Rafales are practising intricate manoeuvres in the skies of Paris, ensuring flawless synchronisation for the upcoming July 14 parade.
The Bastille Day parade will witness the participation of approximately 6,300 soldiers representing various marching contingents. Among them is a tri-service contingent from the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Punjab Regiment has proudly represented the Indian Army, with its troops having actively participated in both World Wars and being honoured with 18 Battle and Theatre Honours in the first war.