But the French media and social networks have been having a little bit of (harmless) fun at the expense of the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.
He was invited, in his capacity as the newly-elected leader of the opposition centre-right Union pour un mouvement populaire (Union for a popular movement, UMP) party to take part in Sunday's rally in Paris.
And, after meeting his successor at the Elysée palace, François Hollande, Sarkozy graciously accepted.
Somehow though, Sarkozy didn't seem happy to play second fiddle - so-to-speak - as he found himself a couple of rows back from the front of the march.
That highly-esteemed position was given to world leaders who had made the trip to Paris to take part in the rally: leaders such as German chancellor Angela Merkel, Mali's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Britain's David Cameron, Spain's Mariano Rajoy and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu
They were all snapped by the world's cameras alongside Hollande.
In total, 44 heads of state or government turned up.
And so too was Sarkozy who, on more than one occasion, managed to worm his way through to the front...where he presumably thought he so rightfully belonged...with his "fellow world leaders".
|World leaders - and Nicolas Sarkozy - at the Paris march (screenshot from Europe 1 Dailymotion video)|
Such "antics" soon saw Sarkozy ridiculed on the Net with Twitter a-tweet and Tumblr a-Tumblr (well you can't really say awash now, can you?) with photoshopped images of other world events (throughout history) that Sarkozy has "attended."
#JeSuisNico and #ouestsarkozy (a play on the "Where's Wally?" series of children's books which in France are known as "Où est Charlie?") were launched.
And there was Sarkozy alongside Charles de Gaulle after the liberation of Paris in 1944.
On the moon, ahead of Neil Armstrong, in 1969
Present and participating in the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
With the French football team as they lifted the World Cup in 1998
And...well you get the picture.
Yes Sarkozy really was an eyewitness to history down the decades.
Nicolas Sarkozy s'impose sur la photo by LeLab_E1