Security in Paris is less evident than my trip last October, in spite of the terrorist attacks. While walking down a busy street near Jardin des Plants we heard sirens rapidly approaching. Approximately five police on motorcycles were moving quickly forward, clearing traffic in advance of two police cars. Following the two police cars was a van labelled ‘Penitentiary’. With our adept use of our French-English dictionary we quickly understood.
Following the van were two more police cars with police in the cars wearing balaclavas, and they had their machine guns pointed out the windows as they zoomed through the cleared traffic. That was our drama for the day.