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French celebrated Bastille Day 2017 with guest of honor Trump

President Trump got a taste of French independence during Bastille Day celebrations

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President Trump got a glimpse of France's most elaborate and spectacular military show in celebration of Bastille Day. Thousands of French troops paraded down the Champs-Élysées to mark French National Day, which commemorates the anniversary of when soldiers stormed a prison--marking a turning point in the French Revolution.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump watch the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

President Trump stood alongside newly-minted French President Emmanuel Macron. The two shared a lengthy handshake during the Bastile Day celebration--reminiscent of their infamous white-knuckle handshake showdown in May in which the two leaders shook hands for so long that their knuckles turned white.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron share a handshake on Bastille Day

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French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue, with the Arc de Triomphe in background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. Paris has tightened security before its annual Bastille Day parade, which this year is being opened by American troops with President Donald Trump as the guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. (AP/Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Prior to Trump's departure from Paris, he said it was a "great honor" to represent the U.S. during Bastille Day.

Trump's participation in Bastille Day celebrations was historic for other reasons. This year was the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I and the 45th-commander-in-chief was Macron's guest of honor. The band even played the "Star Spangled Banner" in commemoration of the countries close relationship.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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