French President Francois Hollande attends colourful parade as India celebrates Republic Day. Rough cut. (No reporter narration.)
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION French President Francois Hollande watched a colourful display of India's rich heritage and military might as the country celebrated its 67th Republic Day on Tuesday (January 26). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted President Pranab Mukherjee and Hollande at the parade grounds. A customary 21-gun salute greeted President Pranab Mukherjee who unfurled the national flag. Soldiers belonging to three armed forces marched down Rajpath, an elegant lawn-bordered boulevard dating from the British colonial era that connects the presidential palace to India Gate. The parade started with French troops marching down Rajpath, the first time a foreign military contingent took part in the Republic Day parade. Thousands of people, undeterred by cold, turned up at the venue to witness the grand event. India won independence from British rule on August 15, 1947, but it was not until January 26, 1950, that the nation declared itself a sovereign republic state with the adoption of its constitution. Security was tight at the parade venue and across the city, where tens of thousands of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed on streets and rooftops.