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France National Day military parade there Indians figure
French National Day military parade ground parade through the Arc de Triomphe
team July 14 in the French capital of Paris, held a grand National Day parade. As in the past, the French National Day parade this year, the figure appeared on the Indian soldiers.
day of French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that although the financial crisis has led to tight finances, but he did not cut the French high-tech equipment expenses.
Indian side team coming out
day parade, 400 Indian armed forces soldiers wearing uniforms with Indian specialties, along with the Indian military music, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in under the watchful eye starting from the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees in Paris, on parade.
military parade, a number of aircraft flying over Paris, the French military planes over the spray of red, white and blue symbol of the French flag three kinds of smoke. French soldiers lined up to walk in the Champs Elysees, display equipment, in review.
the stands, in addition to Sarkozy and Singh, as well as German President Horst Koehler, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and other leaders.
number of Indians residing in France for the Indian Army to join the ranks of the French National Day parade excited.
Agence France-Presse reported, the Indian military team through, the now 29-year-old Indian Deepak Rajput said: “This is India’s first overseas military parade was held.”
Rajput has been living in the suburbs of Paris five years. He eve of this year’s National Day of France to Paris city, the first time the French National Day celebrations.
55-year-old Keith Turner has been living in France for 20 years. “When I saw our troops and French troops along the road on the Champs Elysees is an honor for Indians,” he said.
strategic considerations behind
after the end of the parade, Sarkozy Singh, who invited the French presidential Elysee Palace to attend the National Day garden party.
Sarkozy said that India is a friend of France, “20 or 30 years will become the world’s most populous country.”
Singh praised the French. He said India “hope in every possible way to strengthen strategic cooperation with France.”
AFP commented, Singh and Sarkozy invited to participate in the Indian behind the French National Day celebrations is an underlying strategic considerations.
France wants India’s exports to the market value of $ 12 billion fighter, and is working with India on civilian nuclear technology to India to hold consultations.
Associated Press reported that the French are trying to sell to India, “Tornado” fighter, while seeking access to the Indian Army modernizing 50 “Mirage” style fighter contract. In addition, India is on the purchase of French helicopters and radar negotiations with France.
emphasis on technical input
talking about military construction, Sarkozy said that despite the financial crisis in the French financial tight, but France remains committed to maintaining the defense budget scale, and not in high-tech military equipment to cut R & D spending.
after the National Day parade, Sarkozy on national television speech to the nation, said: “They (soldiers) know that we will make great efforts in military equipment in battle, they will have to protect their all means. “
Sarkozy said in response to the 21st century military conflicts that may arise, France plans to invest the next 12 years, 377 billion euros (about $ 527 billion), updated equipment for the military.
he said, the future of the French army will be more sophisticated weapons, protective equipment will be more complete.
“tomorrow’s challenges is to make 65 million of the French population to be recognized as power, to let people hear our voices,” Sarkozy said. (Peng)