French President Emmanuel Macron was given an icy reception as he arrived at the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday.
As Macron rode down the Champs-Elysées in Paris to open the traditional annual military parade, protesters standing on the sidewalks booed him in an audible and sustained manner.
It’s rare for political protests to take place during the parade, the focal point of celebrations across the country to mark France’s national day. Macron’s approval ratings have improved in recent weeks alongside a drop in participation in the anti-government Yellow Jackets movement.
Forces from the Paris-based European Intervention Initiative — which include troops from a range of EU countries — were included in the parade.
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Macron has scheduled a lunch with other European leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, the Netherlands’ Mark Rutte, Belgium’s Charles Michel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, following the parade.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is not attending — the country will be represented by May’s effective deputy David Lidington.