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Parade of July 14 under the sign of India and Opex

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(B2) A natural tribute! Because if the past is present. Indians fought on French soil in 1914-18, notably at the Battle of La Bassée. The present is also very active and very concrete. The Indian Navy is present with the French Navy in the Indian Ocean. Exercises are regularly organized jointly, such as the Garuda III air exercise in 2007. And then India is a very active market in which the French intend to position themselves there, so as not to leave it to the Russians or the Americans. France also supports India's candidacy for a seat as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

The 400 Indians of the three services - including a detachment from the Navy who was present at the reception given by the Minister of Defense the day before, July 13 (photo) - will therefore be present on the Champs Elysées on the morning of the 14th, followed by the BFA – the Franco-German Brigade – and several of the formations that were in external operations.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).