The traditional July 14 military parade in Paris, which this year takes on a particular resonance with the war in Ukraine, honors the countries on NATO’s eastern flank and the French troops deployed there.
A military parade placed under the sign of the war in Ukraine. The return of a conflict to the gates of Europe gives particular relief to the traditional military parade scheduled for Thursday July 14 in Paris on the occasion of the national holiday, which will honor the countries on the eastern flank of NATO. and the French troops deployed there.
Emmanuel Macron will chair the parade in the morning on the prestigious avenue des Champs Élysées, before giving at 1:10 p.m. on France 2 and TF1 his first television interview since his re-election as head of state in April, in a domestic political context. complex after the setback of his coalition in the June legislative elections which deprived him of an absolute majority in the National Assembly.
“Sharing the flame” is the theme of the 2022 parade. A triple reference to the army-nation link, to the flame of the Resistance embodied by Hubert Germain, the last companion of the Liberation who died last year, and to the Olympic flame whose France is now the depositary until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Olympic and Paralympic medalists will be part of the procession.
Parade under high security
Some 125,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized throughout the country on Thursday to ensure the smooth running of the July 14 festivities, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
“Due to the high and persistent level of the terrorist threat, particular attention will be paid to the surveillance and control measures recommended by the Vigipirate posture, as well as to the reaction capacities of the units”, wrote Gérald Darmanin in a telegram from the ministry addressed in particular to the prefects.
“The security services (…) will have to be adapted to the risks previously assessed by the intelligence services and to the availability of mobile force units”, he continues.
In particular, the minister asks the prefects to ensure “special security” for public transport and to provide for “immediate consideration of any urban violence and the phenomenon of gangs”.
In Paris and in the inner suburbs, the police headquarters mobilizes around 12,000 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters to “fight crime and prevent disturbances to public order”, said the Ministry of the Interior.
Calls to demonstrate Thursday in Paris, Place de la Bastille, were launched by groups of yellow vests on social networks.