EU Troops from all 27 Nations Marched Together

France stages all-European Bastille Day festivities

International Herald Tribune, Associated Press – July 14, 2007

PARIS:  Troops from all 27 European Union nations marched behind French President Nicolas Sarkozy down the Champs-Elysees on Saturday, part of a revamped Bastille Day party celebrating the revolution that rid France of its monarchy.

Sarkozy, interested in a united European military, shook up traditions for his nation’s biggest holiday, and invited EU contingents to join for the first time.

“It’s a party. It’s Europe’s party,” he said of this year’s Bastille Day, his first as president. “It was a parade of armies but it is peace that we want to celebrate,” he added, referring to this year’s 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the groundwork for the European Union.

Sarkozy, standing in the back of a military vehicle, led the procession, circling the Arc de Triomphe before continuing down Paris’ most famous avenue escorted by mounted regiments of the Republic Guards.

Among those who joined Sarkozy to watch the rest of the parade were Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana; and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency…

The popular Sarkozy, who took over from Jacques Chirac in May, has broken with several Bastille Day traditions…

This year will also see a mass, free, open-air concert Saturday night for the first time, headlined by French rock legend Michel Polnareff and German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel.

“I wanted the national holiday to be a people’s holiday,” Sarkozy said.

On the eve of the Bastille celebrations, Sarkozy reiterated his push for a Europe-wide defense.

“The basis for a European defense exists. We must make it grow,” he said in a speech to European defense ministers and French military officers. “I want Europe to be capable of ensuring its security autonomously.”

He also visited sites Friday housing French nuclear forces and insisted that he wouldn’t hesitate to make “any necessary decisions” to protect France’s vital interests or security.                                               

Catholic prophecy shows that there will be a “Great Monarch” who will be over a large army and he will destroy the English.   Some Catholic prophecies suggest that the leader of this army will be French.

Here are some of those prophecies:

Saint Cataldus of Tarentino (c. 500): “The Great Monarch will be in war till he is forty years of age….he will assemble great armies and expel tyrants from his empire. He will conquer England and other island empires” (Connor, p.30).

St. Francis of Paola (Born in Italy, 15th century). “By the grace of the Almighty, the Great Monarch will annihilate heretics and unbelievers. He will have a great army, and angels will fight at his side. He will be like the sun among the stars. His influence will spread over the whole earth. All in all, there will be on earth twelve Kings, one Emperor, one Pope and a few Princes. They will all lead holy lives.” (Dupont, p.38)

John of the Cleft Rock (1340): The White Eagle (Great Monarch), by order of the Archangel Michael, will drive crescent from Europe where none but Christians will remain–he himself will rule from Constantinople. An era of peace and prosperity will begin for the world. There will no longer be Protestants {there were no Protestants then and the book suggests that perhaps this word should have been translated as heretics} or schismatics…God will raise up a holy Pope (Connor, pp. 33-34)

Telesphorus of Cozensa (died 1388): A powerful French monarch and French pope will regain the holy land after terrible wars in Europe, convert the world, and bring universal peace” (Connor, pp. 34-35).

An article of related interest may be Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation.

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