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How I see it: The Red in Tricolore

November 21, 2009

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” – Jean-Luc Godard.

That’s how I see it.

chinoise.jpg image by sevenarts

La chinoise (1967)

Le mépris (1963)

Pierrot le fou (1965)

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Une femme est une femme (1961)

(All films by Jean-Luc Godard)

And, I also like flags in general.  Just got curious about the origin of the three colours.

Tricolore: The flag of France (officially adopted on February 15, 1794)

Blue : Truth and loyalty, perseverance and justice

The color of Saint Martin, a rich Gallo-Roman officer who ripped his blue cloak with his sword to give one half of it to a poor who was begging him in the snow. This is the symbol of care, of the duty that the rich had to help the poor.

White : Peace and honesty

The color of the Virgin Mary, to whom the Kingdom of France was consecrated by Louis XIII in the 17th century; it is also the color of Joan of Arc, under whose banner the English were finally driven out of the Kingdom (15th century). It became logically the color of Royalty. The King’s vessels carried plain white flags at sea.

Red : Bravery and strength

The color of Saint Denis, the saint patron of Paris. The original oriflamme (a sacred banner used by the kings of France in the Middle Ages) was the red oriflamme of Saint Denis.

The Tricolour was used during the French Revolution and because the Revolution turned France from a monarchy into a republic. It is recognized as a symbol of freedom and liberty around the world. The colours represent those of Paris since 1358 (blue and red), combined with that of the Bourbon Dynasty (white), though they are usually associated with liberty, equality, and fraternity – all ideals associated with the French Revolution.

The design of the French flag is so meaningful that other countries have incorporated the Tricolore into their designs, and the colors red, white, and blue are frequently used by countries — including the United States — that promote liberty, equality, and fraternity.


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