Paris was the center of celebrations for its most important date, officially called French National Day, with the classic military parade on the avenue champs–Elysees (Champs Elysées Avenue), the thunderous flight of war planes and traditional festivals throughout the country.
Bastille Day, or French National Day, dates back to the revolution of 1789. That day, the citizens stormed the Bastille fortresswhich was used to detain prisoners and had become a symbol of the harsh rule of the French monarchy.
Traditionally, the party is completed with a fireworks show, with thousands of people gathered in the area around the Eiffel Tower.
This was the first year that celebrations seemed to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, the epidemic situation forced the government to reduce the celebrations.
In each parade, the French president takes advantage of the occasion to invite international leaders. In 2017, Macron’s first year as head of France, former US President Donald Trump was invited commemorating the centennial of the United States‘ entry into World War I with the Allies.
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