Deploying highly trained soldiers singing in foreign tongue to guard shopping malls against the adherents of a foreign ideology. France’s splendour and fragility in one picture.

And it’s not like it’s a sight that we’ll be saying goodbye to anytime soon. A new French anti-terrorism law has been approved to replace the now 2-year state of emergency. Indeed, one would almost be forgiven for noting that France is becoming increasingly similar to the state of Israel.

We couldn’t quite pin down what language the Legionnaire speaks and sings in. Any anthropologists around to help us out? Since it’s a legionnaire, it could be anything, but it seems to have a Mediterranean ring to it.