British troops to lead Bastille Day parade

8th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 8 (AFP) - British soldiers are to lead 4,000 troops who will march along the Champs-Elysees on France's Bastille Day next Wednesday in a tribute to the entente cordiale colonial-era agreement signed between Paris and London a century ago, officials said.

PARIS, July 8 (AFP) - British soldiers are to lead 4,000 troops who will march along the Champs-Elysees on France's Bastille Day next Wednesday in a tribute to the entente cordiale colonial-era agreement signed between Paris and London a century ago, officials said.  

France's defence ministry said Thursday the entente cordiale would be the theme of the military parade along the famous avenue which will also include 305 military vehicles driving in procession and a fly-over finale by French and British aerobatic air force planes.  

One hundred and two soldiers from Queen Elizabeth II's Grenadier Guards - wearing their ceremonial red tunics and high black headdress - will be at the head of the parade, followed by Foreign Legionnaires and other French army, navy and air force units.  

Other British soldiers will include a Royal Marine band, and riders from the Royal Horse Artillery troop and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.  

The French and British defence ministers, Michele Alliot-Marie and Geoff Hoon, were to present details of the parade next Monday in Velizy-Villacoublay, a Paris suburb near Versaille.

© AFP

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