France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies beneath the Arc de Triomphe and was placed there on Armistice Day 1920.
Above the tomb burns an ‘eternal’ flame, the first in Western Europe for hundred of years. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified, and now includes the dead of the Second World War.
The original intention was to bury the unknown soldier's remains in the Panthéon, but a public protest led to the decision to bury the remains beneath the Arc de Triomphe.
The slab on top has the inscription:
ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANÇAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE 1914-1918