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A French inventor armed with a rifle soared over the Champs-Elysees on a flyboard as part of France’s annual Bastille Day celebrations.

President Emmanuel Macron oversaw the events on Sunday which showcased Europe’s defence co-operation.

Flags of the 10 countries of the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact, led the parade down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.

Franky Zapata flew over the Champs-Elysees
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Franky Zapata flew over the Champs-Elysees
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The French inventor soared over Paris on a jet-powered flyboard
Europe's defence co-operation was showcased during the exhibition
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Europe’s defence co-operation was showcased during the celebrations

The display included over 4,000 members of the armed forces, 69 planes and 39 helicopters.

But the biggest crowd-pleaser was former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, who rocketed through the air on a flyboard device he invented.

Jets fly in the sky over the Louvre museum in Paris
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Jets fly over the Louvre museum in the French capital
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel stand with a World War Two veteran during the parade
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Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel stand with a World War Two veteran during the parade

US President Donald Trump had been a guest of honour at France’s Bastille Day parade in 2017.

He was so impressed at the event two years ago that he ordered a military parade in Washington for the 4 July celebrations this year.

Mr Macron hosted a lunch at the Elysee Palace with other European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Bastille Day is the anniversary of the Storming Of The Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French revolution.



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