Bastille Day

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.

Trump told officials to plan military parade for Veteran's Day

President Trump.
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Politico reports that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster wrote in an unclassified memo to Defense Secretary James Mattis that President Trump wants his military parade to take place on Veteran's Day. Per McMaster's memo, the parade would start at the White House and move to the Capitol.

The backdrop: Trump's inspiration for the military parade came from attending France's Bastille Day celebration. The plan has drawn criticism for its likely cost and the signal it sends to the world.