Here (near) = ici (like in voici).
There (far) = là (like in voilà).
However, you may only use voilà and there's no problem.
While it's okay for the officers to be recognized as French the mere mortals who join hide the fact they speak such good French by being given I.D that says they're Belgian, Swiss or Canadians.
At least that was the case when I was in. The numbers may have shifted slightly after the Iron Curtain dropped and the massive influx of economic refugees vying for a space.
So, technically the idea that it's "mainly" foreigners isn't true though very few people outside of it would be aware.
Padi is rice field.
Or at least that's how it started. Please accept padi.