Let’s walk? Coronavirus Could Block July 14 Celebrations in France


FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron makes a gesture next to General François Lecointre, Chief of the Defense Staff, as they review the troops before the start of the military parade on July 14 on the ‘avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France on July 14, 2019. Eliot Blondet / Pool via REUTERS / File photo

PARIS (Reuters) – France will decide whether to continue the annual military celebrations of July 14 marking its national holiday when clear indications emerge on the state of the coronavirus epidemic, the Minister of Junior Armed Forces said Friday.

A nationwide lockdown is scheduled until May 11, but the government has said mass gatherings will not be allowed until at least July.

“For July 14, which occurs after internment, at this stage, nothing has been decided,” said Geneviève Darrieussecq at a parliamentary hearing. “The evolution of the health situation will determine the decision. “

Thousands of men and women from the French army, navy and aviation parade the avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris and elsewhere in France during the July 14 parades that day.

Its origins date back to July 1, 1789, when crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where opponents of the monarchy were detained at the start of the French Revolution.

Report by John Irish and Myriam Rivet; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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