U.S. Special Operations Command may be on the verge of making the dream of flying infantry soldiers a reality, but the French may very well beat them to it.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely characterized as a "hoverboard" — maneuvering through the skies above the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris armed with what appears to be a dummy firearm.
The video was accompanied with a simple message of "Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante," which translates to "proud of our army, modern and innovative," suggesting that the French Armed Forces may be eyeing the unusual vehicle for potential military applications.
French President Emmanuel Macron is seriously considering bringing back military conscription. While the U.S. hasn't had mandatory military service since 1973, some think that it has many positive aspects.
DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro
President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to see U.S. troops march through Washington in a grand display of military might modeled on France’s Bastille Day parade, which the president attended this summer.