French President Emmanuel Macron watched India’s 75th Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, while four people from France were awarded the Padma Shri. This is the sixth time a French leader has been the chief guest at the Republic Day parade. Macron expressed his gratitude for the honor and greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India. During his visit, Macron held talks with PM Modi and a marching contingent and band from France participated in the parade. Two Rafale fighters and an Airbus A330 from the French air force were also featured in the celebrations.