For the first time in India’s history, French soldiers might march down the Rajpath on Republic Day this January 26.
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Citing Government sources, the PTI reports that a contingent of 56 French personnel of 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade would be part of the parade and that some of them are already in India.
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Though the news about their participation has not been confirmed yet, the move would not come as a surprise as not only is the French President would be the chief guest this year, but a high-level team from France is also expected to be in the capital soon.
The agreement is expected to pave the way for a final contract, that if all goes well would be signed ahead of French President’s visit and will make way for any future scope of military cooperation between the two nation.
The 35th Infantry Regiment who are currently in India, have been part of the French Army since its raising in 1604 at Lorraine. The regiment has got as many as 12 battle honours to their credit and have varied combat experiences, having already served in Algeria, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries.