A. Who else but? That question was just to introduce the idea that since the days of the catacombs, Paris as a final resting place has attracted both the curious and the worshipful. Now the questions get a bit harder.
Q. Who's the most famous person buried in the section VI of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery? As a hint, this grave site has more visitors than those of Bizet, Balzac, Moliere and Edith Piaf combined. But the chauvinistic Michelin Green Guide omitted this name among the 51 most famous occupants.
A. Jim Morrison, poet-prince and vocalist of The Doors. He died in 1971 and the circumstances of his death were as mysterious as his life was a blend of theater and poetry.
No records are kept of visitors to the 108 acres of tree-lined Pere-Lachaise but the championship probably belongs to journalist Victor Noir. His statue is believed to enhance fertility.
Last question: Who's buried under a replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame erected in the Place de l'Alma?
A. Nobody, but try to tell that to the worshipful throngs on the tiny pedestrian island containing the monument. It is an eerie coincidence that the gilded bronze flame is situated directly above the westbound traffic tunnel's column where Di's limo crashed.
The International Herald Tribune newspaper financed the flame monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary of James Gordon Bennett's Paris Herald. The monument bears a plaque in French noting Bennett's contributions to the City of Light (Art Buchwald probably being the most famous). Nobody, however, ever reads the plaque. When they get home they look through their snapshots and wonder how James Gordon Bennett got his name on Di's monument.
One respected Paris guidebook reported that the Alma flame stands as a monument to French resistance in World War II (that's at Porte Maillot).