Tanks, troops, and Donald Trump — see photos from this year’s Bastille Day in France

On Friday, France celebrated Bastille Day with fireworks, a parade, and Donald Trump.

As part of their 24-hour trip to visit French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Donald and Melania Trump attended the city’s annual military parade – an ornamental affair complete with music, military displays, and air shows.

Here are some of the most interesting photos from this year’s Bastille Day celebrations.


Donald and Melania Trump arrived in Paris a day earlier to celebrate Bastille Day with newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron.

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French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump as First Lady Melania Trump looks on after the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2017.
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Charles Platiau (Reuters)

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On July 14, France celebrates a turning point in the French Revolution with fireworks, street parties, and military parades.

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As this year marks 100 years that the US entered World War I, Macron pulled out all the stops with a high-tech display of military might.

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The guests were also treated to air shows with French fighter jets and other military displays.

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2017.
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Philippe Wojazer (Reuters)

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Along with a parade from all branches of the French army, some American soldiers also joined the march.

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Trump and Macron watched the proceedings from Place de la Concorde. In total, 241 horses, 63 airplanes and 29 helicopters participated.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S President Donald Trump, center, and First Lady Melania Trump, left, applaud during the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris Friday, July 14, 2017.
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Christophe Archambault

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“On this day of national celebration, we must not ever forget the price that we paid for conquering, for winning our rights,” said Macron in what some saw as a soft challenge to Trump’s populist values.

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French President Emmanuel Macron stands at attention during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017.
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Christophe Archambault

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The presidents also made waves with their farewell handshake, which lasted about 25 seconds and felt like a standoff between the two.

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The parade also featured musical performances from the French army band, which followed classic military music with a few melodies from Daft Punk.

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Alpha jets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France fly over the Champs-Elysees avenue during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2017.
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Gonzalo Fuentes (Reuters)

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At the end of the parade, Trump and Melania boarded Air Force One to return to the US, just as the investigation into his team’s connection to Russian officials heats up.

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