On the waterfront of Marseille, there stands a small triumphal arch, erected in the interwar period to those who had formed the colonial empire and who had sacrificed their lives for it. This piece of masonry is of no consequence today. It opens on to a sea that no longer carries the freight of empire, and it is located nowhere near a major airport from which the French as tourists depart to places that appear as exotic in our age of instantaneous communications as they did when the force of empire was carried forward in steel hulls and projected by artillery shells.
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