15 July 2012

Fête nationale française

I think that the annual military parade on the Champs Élysées is a splendid public occasion for the display of national pride. The President of the Republic is also very much in view, each with his distinct style. This year there was emphasis on alliances with a UNO contingent opening the parade, and German battalion with flag passing in review for the first time.

I must reflect on the pitiful event that Ottawa musters on 1 July. At least the fireworks are impressive.

Vive la France!