Central African Republic

Armed tour guides: A day with Paris' Sentinel terror patrol

Cpt. Julien's military career has taken him to Mali, Chad, the Central African Republic and other hot spots.

On a recent afternoon, Julien had a more enviable mission: leading his men to lunch at the staff canteen beneath the glass pyramid at Paris' world-famous Louvre museum.

"The pizza's not bad," the French army officer advised Associated Press journalists accompanying his heavily armed platoon down the pyramid's spiral staircase. "It has a slight scent of wood smoke. You'll see it's terrific."

Julien's unit, part of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment, is among the 10,000 French soldiers participating in Operation Sentinel, the round-the-clock,...