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French contingents participate in rehearsals in New Delhi's Vijay Chowk ahead of Republic Day celebrations
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French contingents participate in rehearsals in New Delhi's Vijay Chowk ahead of Republic Day celebrations

| @indiablooms | 21 Jan 2024, 09:05 pm

A 95-member marching contingent and a 33-member band contingent from France participated in the Republic Day rehearsals in New Delhi on Saturday.

The rehearsals were held in the national capital's Vijay Chowk.

The French Air and Space Force also participated in fly-past rehearsals above the national capital's Kartavya Path ahead of the 75th Republic Day Parade, reported India TV.

According to defence officials, French Air Force Rafale fighter jets and multirole tanker transport aircraft will participate in the Republic Day parade. Some Indian personnel, including Squadron Leader Sumita Yadav, who took part in France's Bastille Day parade last year with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest there, are also taking part in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, the news channel reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the Republic Day event in India as Chief Guest.

2024 is marking the 25th anniversary of the India-France Strategic Partnership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Guest of Honour at the Bastille Day Parade held on 14 July 2023 in Paris.

President Macron visited India for the G-20 Summit on 9-10 September 2023.

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