torch is an exact replica of the one held by the Statue of
Liberty in New York City. The plaque notes (in English) that
the torch is a symbol of friendship between France and the
United States; the flame is covered with graffiti, and the
handle is plastered with advertisements and posters. Lurking
in the background of this picture is of course the Eiffel
Tower, which seems to lurk in the background of nearly every
picture of Paris.