The traditional parade on July 14 will be adapted this year to the health restrictions linked to the covid-19 epidemic and replaced by a military ceremony with a tight unit. National holidays will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to caregivers.
To align the celebration of July 14 with health requirements, the traditional parade of the Champs-Elysées will be replaced by a military ceremony at Place de la Concorde, Élysée announced on Thursday, June 4. The ceremony will feature “a tight unit reduced to 2,000 attendees and approximately 2,500 guests”, in accordance with the rules of social distance, the presidency said.
“The ceremony, which will include an air parade, will honor the participation of our armies in the fight against Covid-19, through Operation Resilience. It will also pay tribute to the medical staff that the French applauded each evening during the containment period as well as to all actors mobilized against the virus, says Élysée.
There are currently no plans to open the event to the public, but “the situation can be re-examined by July 14” if the health situation is better, explains Élysée.
“Recognition of the Nation” to caregivers
On May 13 in the Council of Ministers, Emmanuel Macron had wished “that National Day should be an extra opportunity to express the nation’s tribute and recognition to all who are involved in the fight against Covid-19,” according to government spokesman Sibeth Ndiaye.
A request that had already been made by elected LREM and LR in April when they asked for the presence of a “care center” but also representatives of “everyday heroes” during the annual military parade.