Macron rolls back French flag to EU’s lighter shade navy blue


The French presidency has brought the blue of the country’s tricolor back to the pre-1976 navy blue tone, a nod to the Revolution.

The change in blue of the flags adorning the Elysee Palace was first carried out a year ago but has gone largely unnoticed.

Previously, the hue was lighter to match the blue of the European Union flag as decided by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1976.

“The President of the Republic (Emmanuel Macron) has chosen for the tricolor flags which adorn the Elysee Palace the navy blue which evokes the imagination of the Volunteers of Year II, of the Poilus of 1914 and of the Companions of the Liberation of France Free “, says the Presidency.

“It is also the blue of the flag which has always flown under the Arc de Triomphe every (armistice day) on November 11,” he added.

The Year II Volunteers refer to the men who voluntarily enlisted in the army in 1791 while the country was still reeling from the Revolution to defend the territory against a Prussian-led coalition.

The director of operations of the Elysée, Arnaud Jolens, is at the origin of the initiative. In the book “Elysée Confidential” released in mid-September by journalists Eliot Blondet and Paul Larrouturou, he confided to having visited Micron in his office on the eve of France’s National Day in July 2020, waving two flags in the tones of different blues.

“‘By the way, I’m changing the flags on all the Presidency buildings tomorrow.’ The Head of State smiled. ‘Giscard had changed this blue for aesthetic reasons during the rapprochement with Europe, but the flag that all presidents have been dragging since was not the real French flag’ “, relates the book by the conversation between Jolens. and Macron as going.

The cost of this symbolic operation was € 5,000, according to Jolens.

The navy blue flag had nevertheless reappeared at the Elysee Palace before that date, having nevertheless appeared as the president’s speeches since his televised address on December 31, 2018.

Macron also added in 2018 a cross of Lorraine to the logo of the presidency, a reference assumed to General Charles de Gaulle, whose 50th anniversary of the death and the 80th anniversary of the Appeal of June 18 were commemorated in 2020.


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