2022 Fête Nationale parade was headed by soldiers from nine eastern European countries to highlight international co-operation and solidarity
The major event of La Fête Nationale is the military parade along the Champs-Elysée in Paris. This year, the parade was headed by soldiers from nine eastern European countries – Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, a gesture aimed at highlighting international co-operation and solidarity in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A fireworks display is the traditional end to July 14th and even quite small towns frequently put on a lavish display, often synched to music. This year, however, some towns in southern France have cancelled their displays because of the high risk of wildfires. Firefighters in southern France have already been battling huge wildfires and have warned that the unusually hot and dry conditions have left much of the country a ‘tinderbox’.