Jul 14, 2018

In photos: France celebrates Bastille day with military budget boost

Emmanuel Macron and his chief of defense Francois Lecointre

Emmanuel Macron and the Chief of Defense Francois Lecointre arriving in a command car for the parade. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

In celebration of Bastille day, which commemorates the invasion of Bastille prison in 1789 which marked the start of the French Revolution, President Emmanuel Macron awarded the French military with a budget boost for the following parade, reports the Associated Press.

Timing: Ahead of Saturday's parade, Macron signed a new military budget with the intent to increase defense spending to 2% GDP. The move quickly followed a promise made by NATO countries to increase defense spending, an issue heavily pushed by President Trump.

An error occurred during the traditional Bastille day flyover with an extra red fume from the 'Patrouille de France.'

The traditional Bastille day fly over
Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

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There was also a crash between police officers during the parade.

Despite the errors, the parade continued on. Members of the 2e Regiment Etranger d'Infanterie de la Legion Etrangere marched on.

Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Macron, his wife Brigitte and the rest of France gathered in Paris together with their military, as well as troops from Japan and Singapore. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was the guest of honor.

French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images
Singapore and Japanese troops march with flags during the traditional Bastille Day military parade. Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Drones of the 61st Artillery Regiment parade past the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue.

Photo: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images

In Nice, France French Prime minister Edouard Philippe arrived at a ceremony commemorating the 86 lives lost during a Bastille day terror attack in 2016.

Photo: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images
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