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Category: Flags >> International >> Flag France 12 X 18 Nylon Sewn
Flag France 12 X 18 Nylon Sewn


Flag France 12 X 18 Nylon Sewn



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Flag France 12 X 18 Nylon Sewn


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The national flag of France (known in French as drapeau tricolore, drapeau français, and in military parlance, les couleurs) is a tricolour featuring three vertical bands coloured royal blue (hoist side), white, and red. It is known to English speakers as the French Tricolour or simply the Tricolour. Blue and red are the traditional colours of Paris, used on the city's coat of arms. Blue is identified with Saint Martin, red with Saint Denis. White was added to the "revolutionary" colors of the militia cockade to "nationalise" the design, thus creating the tricolour cockade. Blue and red are associated with the Virgin Mary the patron saint of France, and were the colours of Charlemagne's ensign and war cry, "Montjoie". The colours of the French flag may also represent the three main estates of the Ancien Régime (the clergy: white, the nobility: red and the bourgeoisie: blue). Blue, as the symbol of class, comes first and red, representing the nobility, comes last. Both extreme colours are situated on each side of white referring to a superior order. The French flag can be used as a courtesy flag in all French possessions including Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, French St. Martin and all of French Polynesia, including Tahiti and the Society Islands.


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