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What the flag and the coat of arms of France signify

What the flag and the coat of arms of France signify
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What does the flag of France signify
 
Do you know that the French flag was not always tricolour? Formerly the country's flag was blue. (This colour in 496 was approved by the King Clovis I after the Christianity was adopted).

The blue flag was a symbol of St. Martin who was the «patron saint» of the country.

The French flag «wore» this colour up to 800. At that time the Emperor Charlemagne having come to power changed the colour of the flag – it became red! With this banner Charlemagne could win a lot of lands in Western and Central Europe.

In the 12th century in France ruled Louis VI who decided to return blue colour to the national flag, but its cloth was also decorated with stylized gold lilies.

A banner has become a snow-white coloured (which symbolized the liberation movement for national independence) during the time of the heroine Joan of Arc. After the liberation of France from the yoke of foreigners the flag again became blue with gold lilies.

Philosopher and writer, Marquis de Lafayette, in 1789 during the French Revolution, proposed to make the flag tricolour. In addition, the supporters of the Revolution wore these colours on their hat cockades. The three colours of the flag symbolized the slogan «Liberty, Equality, Fraternity» which became the motto of the French Revolution.

However, for some time the placement of the coloured stripes on the flag was changed, and its modern look the flag of France acquired under Napoleon Bonaparte.

Coat of arms of France: history and significance

The current coat of arms of France was approved exactly in this form in 1953 (before that the rulers of the country changed the coat of arms eight times).

The inscription on the coat of arms «RF» should be read as «the French Republic» and each element of the image has its own symbols. (Olive branches symbolize peace, the oak image – the longevity). All this rests on the batch of the tied roots or fascia – the Roman symbol for justice.


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