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France celebrates July 14th with exceptional security measures to avoid riots


France celebrates its National Day turbulent, sad, for fear of exacerbation deep crisesIt aspires to reaffirm its position in the international arena.

Emmanuel Macron presided over the grand military parade, on the Champs Elysees, accompanied by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, the guest of honour. 240 Indian soldiers marched with 6,000 French soldiers.

Before the parade, Macron presented Modi with the Legion of Honor. The Indian Prime Minister responded via Twitter:I receive it with great humility. It is an honor for 1.4 billion people in India.”

With this Legion of Honor and the military parade on the Champs-Elysees, France Macron hopes to assert an important place in the strategic balances in the Indian Ocean, where India is the dominant superpower.

For their part, 68 million French people witnessed one of the saddest celebrations of the national holiday in recent decades.

Fearing that violence will break out in the “suburbs”, the outskirts of Paris and other large cities and dozens of cities Fireworks cancelled On the thirteenth and fourteenth, the government, for its part, set up an extraordinary deployment of police and army.

No less than 130,000 policemen and gendarmes were mobilized on the eve of the national holiday. he raid (Search, Assist, Intervene, Deter), and jegen (Intervention Group of the National Gendarmerie), Anti-Terrorism Units, and BRI The (Search and Intervention Brigade), special units of the judicial police, have been put on alert, with tactical support from drones, helicopters and water cannons, ready to intervene anywhere in the national territory.

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relative satisfaction

These are preventive measures of an exceptional nature, used as a deterrent, in the hope of avoiding new outbreaks of violence in the suburbs.

In the early hours of July 14, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he was “satisfied and happy”: only 218 cars were burned to “celebrate” the national holiday. Set cars on fire from some neighborhoods. Last year, 326 were burned. Car burning, Nights 13th and 14th, a night of folk dances in the streets, is a modern ‘tradition’, and perhaps not very glorious.

No less than 130,000 policemen and gendarmes were mobilized on the eve of the national holiday

Traditionally, after the parade on the Champs-Elysées, the head of state delivers an official message to the nation, or makes way for a large audiovisual interview, summarizing his view on national and international news. Unexpectedly, Macron broke with this tradition, when he was scheduled to take stock of the last hundred days of the national crisis, after the protests against the reform of the national pension system, from January to May, and the suburban crisis, last week. passes.

According to a poll published by the conservative morning newspaper “Le Figaro”, 78% of French people believe that Macron “has not achieved” his goals of “reassuring” the nation. A few days ago, there was speculation about a possible change of government.

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