Bastille Day celebration in Paris, PM Modi accepts French invite for the celebration
The Ministry of External Affairs announced that French President Emmanuel Macron had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the Guest of Honour at the Bastille Day Parade in Paris on July 14, and that Mr. Modi had accepted. According to an official press release, a contingent from the Indian armed forces will also take part in the parade, which celebrates “liberty, equality and fraternity.”
Bastille Day celebration in Paris: Key Points
- This marks the second occasion on which an Indian Prime Minister has been invited to the July 14 celebrations in Paris as a Guest of Honour, with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh participating in 2009.
- PM Modi’s attendance is considered particularly significant as India and France are currently commemorating the 25th anniversary of their strategic partnership, which was established in 1998.
- As the Guest of Honour for our National Day, Prime Minister Modi is preparing to visit France, and this will undoubtedly be a pivotal moment for the relationship between our two countries.
Our Ambassador, Emmanuel Lenain, has made it clear that we are proud of our shared achievements and eager to establish a long-term association with India.
India and France Relations
According to a statement from the Embassy of France, India and France share a steadfast commitment to building upon the progress made during the past 25 years by working towards common goals in Europe as well as the Indo-Pacific region.
July 14th is celebrated in Paris as the day when the Bastille, a symbol of royal authority in France, was stormed, hence the name Bastille Day. There is no established tradition of inviting Heads of State or government for this occasion, and such an invitation is extended only on special occasions.