When I happened by on May 4, there was a larger than typical ceremony underway so I stopped for a bit to take it all in. (The flame that marks the tomb of the unknown soldier is usually rekindled each night at 6:30; what was going on mid-day on this date, I can't tell you.) The mass of police and plain clothes security men made it clear that someone important was expected. And sure enough, the traffic stopped for a few moments to let a limo and security detail to pass through and who should emerge but the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë. The band played, speeches were made, and I moved along.
Security guys look the same the world over. But how about that general on the right -- channeling De Gaulle!