Here is the programme for the ceremony on Place de la Concorde in homage to all those involved in the fight against coronavirus.
This year, there will be a ceremony paying tribute to France’s health care workers on the magnificent Place de la Concorde along with the traditional Bastille Day parade with trumpets and bugles heralding the arrival of the French President and a military parade by elite units of the French Army.
All those involved in the fight against coronavirus will be awarded medals by the French President, and a tribute will be paid to the nation’s health workers.
A single National Order of Merit and Legion of Honour cohort will be published in the Official Journal on 1 January 2021, instead of two distinct cohorts on 15 May and 14 July as per usual. A decoration instituted in 1884, after France fell victim to a serious cholera epidemic, will be awarded to the health care workers, essential workers and volunteers involved in the fight against coronavirus.
The Élysée Palace announced on 4 June that the ceremony on Place de la Concorde will be held on a restricted scale, with 2,000 participants and 2,500 guests, and social distancing and hygiene rules in place. The details of the event will be communicated in the near future by the French armed forces ministry. Permission for the traditional dances and parades to be held is subject to the evolution of the situation and a re-appraisal of the health rules.
Programme for the 14 July 2020 military parade
10.10am: Arrival of French President
10.30am: Start of parade
11.45am: End of parade
12pm: Departure of French President