The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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French soldiers march during a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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French soldiers return after a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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French soldiers march during a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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Members of French contingent's band return after a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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French soldiers after a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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French soldiers march during a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, 18 January. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI

REPUBLIC DAY

The French Connection: Republic Day parade to host a contingent from France

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Republic Day will have a distinctly French flair this year, and not just because President Francois Hollande will be in the audience.

As he watches the Republic Day parade, the 5th French president to do so as chief guest, a contingent of the French military will create history by being the first foreign force to participate in the spectacular parade.

The contingent will march in two parts; one, a 56-member strong French Air Force Military Band and the other, an 80-member strong French Army contingent.

As a mark of honour to Hollande, the French Army contingent will be the first marching group of the parade.

It's clearly a Republic Day of firsts: the first all-women biker contingent will also be part of the lineup this year.

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