The 27 European Union flag holders precede the troops. They are moving forward drawing a V to stop in front of the presidential stand where José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, was sitting.
The German troops. It is the second time that they parade on the Champs Elysées. In 1994, they were invited as part of the Franco-German Brigade by the François Mitterant, French president at the time.
The Spanish Legion.
On the left, the Belgium troops. In the centre, the Austrian troops.
The unity of a brand new member of the European Union : Bulgaria!
They are newcomers too : Romania.
Deutsh unity (or maybe is it Luxemburg ? Given the proximity of the two flags, the debate is opened …)
Photos : Sophie Helbert.