Jazzing up tradition used to be our strong suit. Now the French are muscling in

Some of the biggest Bastille events in recent history have traditionally featured Jean-Michel Jarre – yes, Jean-Michel Jarre playing his Bontempi organ. Jarre broke the world record for the largest crowd at an outdoor concert in 1979, drawing an audience of more than a million.

But now it’s the era of Trump versus the World and it was time – on Friday, at this year’s celebration – for Emmanuel Macron to make his mark and bust out the big guns. Move over Jean-Michel. Bring on Daft Punk.

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