PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for investments in high-tech weaponry and intelligence services during the annual review of French troops as part of Bastille Day celebrations.

The leaders of India and Germany are presidential guests of honour this year, as France honours its deepening relations with India and celebrates the deployment of German troops on French soil as part of France's return to NATO's command structure.

Crowds cheered as German and Indian troops marched on Tuesday with some of France's most modern military units down the Champs Elysees and jets flew in formation overhead.

Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, greeted children wounded in wars overseas who have been brought to France for medical treatment.