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Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chief of the French Army Defense Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre arrive in a command car for the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

France celebrated Bastille Day on Saturday with a colorful military parade in Paris presided over by President Emmanuel Macron, and it was hoping the party would continue later on Sunday when the national soccer team meets Croatia in the World Cup final in Russia.

Standing on a military vehicle flanked by motorcycle escorts and led by a cavalry procession, Macron rode down the Champs-Élysées, Paris’s most famous boulevard, for his second July 14 parade, cheered by hundreds of spectators.

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a key event in the French Revolution.

After inviting President Trump in 2017, this year Macron invited the leaders of Japan and Singapore, two Asian nations with long-standing strategic partnerships with France, to join him at the parade. (Reuters)

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