Macron, whistled, reviews the troops on the Champs-Elysees


Emmanuel Macron reviews the troops Sunday, July 14, 2019 on the Champs-Elysees. – AFP

President Emmanuel Macron opened Sunday the festivities of July 14th down the Champs-Elysees aboard a "command car" before the beginning of the traditional military parade, placed this year under the sign of European military cooperation.

Whistles of "yellow vests"

Whistles emanating from "yellow vests" were heard on the passage of the head of state, which is the third parade since his election in May 2017. The evening before, a few dozen protesters, some of whom wore yellow vests ", had made their voices heard in front of the Hotel de Brienne, where Emmanuel Macron was giving a speech, aiming at the Minister of Ecological Transition François de Rugy, pinned by Mediapart for sumptuous dinners when he was president of the National Assembly.

European leaders gathered

After having begun around 10am the review of troops on the famous Parisian avenue alongside his chief of staff, the president joined the presidential platform on the Place de la Concorde, where expected several European leaders, including Angela Merkel, and as his wife Brigitte Macron, as well as members of the government including François de Rugy.

A man flying on the Champs

French jet-ski world champion Franky Zapata gave a breathtaking futuristic show Sunday at the traditional July 14 parade in Paris, flying rifle in hand, several tens of meters above the ground on his "Flyboard", a machine of his invention, above the Champs-Elysées.

This flying platform powered by five jet engines, "will allow to test different uses, for example a flying logistics platform or an assault platform" for the military, had earlier commented the Minister of Armies Florence Parly on France Inter.