Eight official representatives of Thailand, including military officers and students, will join the Bastille Day parade today in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I in France.
As part of the commemorative events, the President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, invited representatives of 80 countries that were, directly or indirectly, involved in this Grande Guerre, as that war is called in France, to join in the traditional parade along the Champs-Elysees, according to the French Ambassador to Thailand Thierry Viteau. He said the objective was to pay tribute to war veterans on both sides and to those countries impacted by the first worldwide conflagration.
Among the eight official representatives from Thailand will be one civilian, three military members and four students.
The four Thai students of the French language were selected from more than 30 candidates from universities throughout Thailand to join this historic event. They also won a one-month language course at the CAVILAM Language Centre in Vichy.
During their ten-day stay in Paris, the students visited major places of interest in the capital city. They also practiced and rehearsed for the parade along with more than 200 young French-speaking people from 76 countries. They will parade in a uniform designed for the occasion by French stylist Agnes b.