I just returned from a month in France. I stand by everything I said during my last visit in 2008, but have plenty to add:1. The biggest change is the ubiquitous police and military presence. Teams of militarized police and policified military patrol every tourist site and every public function, plus numerous random locations. It wasn't just Paris; even small cities like Bayeaux were on guard. I've never seen anything like this in the United States, even on September 12, 2001.2. France's massive effort still looks like security theater to me. None of the major terrorist attacks of recent years targeted high-profile locations, and endless unguarded targets remain. Any fanatic who can drive could kill
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