British troops to march in Bastille Day parade

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LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - British soldiers will for the first time take part in the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, the traditional high point of France's national holiday, the ministry of defence said here on Monday.

LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - British soldiers will for the first time take part in the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, the traditional high point of France's national holiday, the ministry of defence said here on Monday.

While members of the Household Cavalry and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery march down the Champs-Elysees avenue on July 14, the Red Arrows from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will perform stunts in the skies above the French capital, it said.

The British presence is part of a series of events this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, or "friendly understanding", a document which marked the start of an unprecedented era of alliance between the two former rivals.

British Defence Minister Geoff Hoon and the British chief of staff, General Michael Walker, will also be present in Paris.

A Royal Marines orchestra will join the march, one of the last military parades hosted annually by a Western nation.

 

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