PARIS, July 14 (Reuters) – A French trainee soldier proposed to his partner on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Wednesday shortly before President Emmanuel Macron descended the boulevard in a military jeep during the National Day celebrations.
Amidst the delighted gasps of onlookers, the soldier, dressed in a ceremonial uniform, knelt and spoke briefly to his girlfriend before placing a ring on his left hand, a video posted on the Army Twitter account.
He then stood up, lowered his face mask and kissed her, to cheers from onlookers and ranks of military personnel.
“Everything is possible for our soldiers on #National Day. Congratulations, ”the military tweeted.
The proposal came as members of the armed forces prepared for the traditional July 14 military parade along the boulevard connecting the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde.
The soldier’s partner was cleared through a security cordon after the army learned of his comrade’s intentions, a ground army spokeswoman said.
France’s national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the medieval fortress that represented royal authority, during the French Revolution.
Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Janet Lawrence
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