a parade under the sign of the armies of the countries of the East

Guillaume Molinie
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07:01, July 14, 2022

This parade of July 14 is placed under the sign of the armies of the countries of the East, where France is present via NATO, consequence of the war in Ukraine. 6,300 people will descend the Champs-Élysées from 10 a.m. to noon, including 4,925 troops on foot, 120 vehicles including four jaguars, and the new army armored vehicle. In the sky: 25 helicopters, 64 planes and for the first time, a Reaper drone. The challenge for this 2022 edition is to highlight France’s strategic solidarity with the allies, in particular the European countries bordering Russia and elsewhere in the context of the war in Ukraine.

Three Caesar guns will descend the Champs-Élysées

For the first time, the flags of the European Union and NATO will be affixed to the badges of the parade. In addition, the emblems of the nine member states of the flank will run in front. They are made up of the Baltic countries (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia), Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania. They will be followed by a hundred soldiers from the reassurance missions, including the Alpine hunters from Annecy, who have just returned from Romania where they were deployed immediately after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

In the sky, military cooperation will also be in the spotlight: two Rafales sold to Greece, three German, Belgian and Spanish transport planes and an Italian C-130. The other strong symbol is the presence of three Caesar cannons which will descend the Champs-Élysées, strategic, mobile and precise artillery pieces. Eighteen units were delivered to the Ukrainian army in the Donbass.

No tribute to Ukrainian soldiers

However, no head of state from the Eastern countries will be present. July 14 is above all a national holiday, it is argued at the Élysée. No tribute to the Ukrainian soldiers is also planned and the soldiers who will parade have been ordered not to speak about the war at the gates of Europe.

This symbolism reflects France’s position in this conflict. It helps Ukraine to defend itself, but is not at war with Russia.


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