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French troops take part in marching practice for Republic Day celebrations

French soldiers on January 18 took part in marching practice at the Rajpath along with Indian soldiers for the Republic Day celebrations next week.

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French soldiers on January 18 took part in marching practice at the Rajpath along with Indian soldiers for the Republic Day celebrations next week.

French soldiers rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday (January 18). (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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Early morning, a smartly dressed contingent of French troops, began their practice.

India marks Republic Day on Jan. 26 with military parades across the country. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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This would be the first since independence when foreign troops will march down the Rajpath for Republic Day parade.' (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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French President Francois Hollande is the chief guest for this year's celebrations. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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A French contingent comprising 56 personnel of 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade have just finished their joint exercise with Indian soldiers in Rajasthan.

Members of French contingent's band rehearse for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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The French soldiers were taking part in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint exercise called 'Shakti 2016'. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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The 35th Infantry Regiment's origin dates back to its raising in 1604 at Lorraine, France.

French contingent's band march during a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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The 35th Infantry Regiment has as many as 12 battle honours to its credit. The battalion has varied combat experiences, having served in Algeria, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, amongst other places.

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade next week. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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A contingent of French soldiers will march down the Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops in the presence of President Francois Hollande who is the chief guest for this year's celebrations. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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Indian soldiers rehearse dangerous stunts on bike for the upcoming Republic Day parade next week. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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Indian soldiers on horses rehearse in formation followed by tanks for the Republic Day parade. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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Indian Army tanks during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)