The ceremony of rekindling the nation’s flame was dedicated in honour of Indian soldiers who died for France during the two world wars.

History

In total, more than one million Indian troops were deployed during the world wars.

74,000 Indian soldiers died during World War I from 1914-18.

10,000 Indian soldiers were killed on the Western Front during the First World War.

36,000 Indian soldiers died in the Second World War 1939-45.

Flame Rekindling Ceremony

Those present included S.E Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India in France,

Céline Calvez, Member of Parliament and member of the Franco-Indian friendship group

Rémi Féraud, Senator and Mayor of the 5th arrondissement

Religious communities of France; Muslim including the Dawoodi Bohras, Hindu, Sikh and Christian leaders.

The ceremony consisted of a commemorative march along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Wreaths were laid by the dignitaries including France Dawoodi Bohra president Janab Aamilsab Dr. Ilyas bhaisab Najmi.

The rekindling of the flame of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated to the memory and in honour of the Indian soldiers who died for France. The ceremony ended with the national anthems of India and France.