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Why Emmanuel Macron modified color of French flag in 2020

18:23, 16 November 2021
Why Emmanuel Macron modified color of French flag in 2020 Photo: pixabay.com

The President of France has unannouncedly ordered to change the blue color of the flag last year which remained unnoticed by the public for a long time.


On July 13, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron made a discreet decision to change the blue color of the national red-white-blue flag. Instead of the blue similar to that of the EU flag, the President directed that the color of the flag standing by him during official speeches be changed for a darker navy shade.

The change, applied for the first time in 2018, is politically biased. According to the President’s administration, the darker blue color is a tribute to the Great French revolution and precisely its 1793-1794 events, French soldiers who fought in the First World War, and those who contributed to the country’s liberty.

The new old flag is currently waving at the President’s residence, the Élysée Palace, as well as inside the National Assembly’s building (the French lower house of Parliament) and the Interior Ministry.

The former flag dates back to 1976 when President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing chose the lighter color to promote congruence with the European Union which used the same color for its flag with 12 stars.

The explanation appears weeks before France is bound to take the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first half of 2022. The Élysée has highlighted that rejecting the blue of the EU is not an anti-Europe sign, but a symbol that France remains more important than anything.

It is not the first time Macron changes an official emblem of the country. In 2018 he added the Cross of Lorraine to the logo of the Élysée Palace commemorating Charles de Gaulle who used the symbol for the forces of resistance against the Nazis during World War II.