At the centre of the Place de la Concorde is a tall Egyptian obelisk, one of the 3,300-year-old twin obelisks that the Egyptian government had gifted France in the early nineteenth century.
As Persians would say, Muhammad Ali Pasha, the then-ruler of Egypt, thought that he had inherited the two ancient giant obelisks from his father, and therefore, that had the right to offer them to anyone.
Luxor Obelisk, on the right the Hotel de Crillon. Paris, May 2012.
Luxor Obelisk, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Paris, May 2012.