French President Emmanuel Macron takes place in a command car before reviewing the troops as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes place in a command car before reviewing the troops as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP
French soldiers are pictured through the window of a car as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP
French soldiers are pictured through the window of a car as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP
Members of the French Republican Guard perform a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Members of the French Republican Guard perform a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Champs Elysees avenue, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background, during the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Members of the French Republican Guard perform a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Members of the French Republican Guard perform a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Military armoured vehicles drive down the Champs Elysee during the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Military armoured vehicles drive down the Champs Elysee during the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Two police motorcycles crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Two police motorcycles crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes snapshots with his cell phone as he watches the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, with French President Emmanuel Macron. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes snapshots with his cell phone as he watches the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, with French President Emmanuel Macron. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
French troops march down the Champs Elysee avenue during the Bastille Day parade. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
French troops march down the Champs Elysee avenue during the Bastille Day parade. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Two police motorcycles of the Republican Guard crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
Two police motorcycles of the Republican Guard crash during a demonstration as part of the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France. Picture: Francois Mori/AP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes place in a command car before reviewing the troops as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris, France. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes place in a command car before reviewing the troops as part of the Bastille Day parade, in Paris, France. Picture: Thibault Camus/AP

Paris - France celebrated Bastille Day on Saturday with a colourful military parade in Paris presided by President Emmanuel Macron, and hoped the party would continue on Sunday when the national soccer team meets Croatia in the World Cup final in Russia.

Standing on a military vehicle flanked by motorcycle escorts and led by a cavalry procession, Macron rode down the Champs Elysees, Paris's most famous boulevard, for his second July 14 parade, cheered by hundreds of spectators.

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of a prison in 1789, a key event in the French Revolution.

After U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017, Macron this year invited the leaders of Japan and Singapore, two Asian nations with long-standing strategic partnership with France.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who cancelled to deal with deadly floods at home, was represented by Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The more than two-hour parade, with some 4,200 soldiers, 220 vehicles and around 100 aircrafts, saw Japanese and Singaporean soldiers take part as guests of honour.

There were two glitches, though, as two motorcycles collided during a demonstration in front of guests, while an Alpha jet from the Air Force Patrouille de France acrobatic unit released a wrong colour for the French flag during a formation flight.

France has mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities and World Cup soccer final.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets, from Paris to the smallest of villages, and the celebrations are likely to continue long into Sunday night if France lifts the World Cup for the second time.

"Perhaps it will be us marching on the Champs Elysees tomorrow, we hope," said Philippe on BFM Television, who travelled to Paris to watch the military parade and plans to return on Sunday to celebrate if France wins.