But it is not perfect. It has a feeling of grandeur in decline, yet with a sort of residual swagger that you do not for instance feel in an England where the Sun is Setting.
So as I wandered here and there I was not surprised to find among other Detritus of Empire some hints of a darker side of France. You have to get off the main tourist tracks to do so, but then my feet are always drawn to side streets and back alleys.
|Kind of a trifecta here, xenophobia, anti-semitism and anti-immigrant sentiments all at once|
The French are big on statues. Many philosophers and humanists, but not a few soldiers as well. Including this square jawed worthy:
Here is the front of the statue:
We can't expect them to be correct all the time.