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French flag: Emmanuel Macron reported that he changed the blue tone on the flag of France

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Emmanuel Macron has reportedly made a significant and “revolutionary” change to France’s flag, but critics have already criticized the new design.

One of the world’s most recognizable flags has undergone a major, even “revolutionary” change, but it was so subtle that few people have noticed it even though the change began to take place more than a year ago.

In fact, French President Emmanuel Macron was so concerned about a possible backlash against him for “touching the deep symbols of the country” that the change has not even been announced.

Despite that, it has now been confirmed that the French flag, the tricolor, has a new hue.

While the famous flag is still red, white and blue, the relatively bright blue it used to sport has been replaced by a darker navy blue.

The change has not gone well in some sections of the French bureaucracy who are horrified by the tricolor tinkering and have labeled the new design “ugly.”

Flag change to reflect the French Revolution

The nouveau drapeau began to appear a year ago at press conferences given by Macron at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French president in Paris, but has now started to appear in other government buildings as well.

The change was revealed by the French radio station Europe 1 who said the deeper blue was urged on Macron by several high-level advisers, as well as naval personnel stationed at the Elysee Palace.

Europe 1Political editor Louis de Raguenel reported that some consider the new darker shade to be “more elegant.” But the main reason was more revolutionary in nature, returning the shade of blue to one closer to that used in the 1794 flag raised in the years after the elimination of the monarchy and the establishment of the First Republic.

“Clearly, it is very political: reconnecting with a symbol of the French revolution,” the news outlet reported.

The change to the new blue was also reported in the newspaper. Le Parisien.

The French flag moved away from the darker hue only relatively recently, when France joined what is now the European Union.

During the presidency of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in the late 1970s, a brighter blue was introduced. One of the reasons was that the flag would stand out more on television.

However, Mr de Raguenel reported that the blue was also changed to match that used on the EU flag, which features 12 yellow stars on a blue background.

“With the European flag now placed almost everywhere next to the French flag, it was decided to use the same blue color, mostly for aesthetic reasons.”

The images of previous summits and political events where the flags of France and the EU are placed side by side show that the blues combine perfectly. But less so since last year with the curtains now out of tune.

New flag crossed out as ‘ugly’

Macron faces elections in 2022 and it is speculated that the deeper historical blue may appeal to the patriotism of some voters.

But the moment of the departure from the blue tone of the EU is uncomfortable because in January, France assumes the rotating presidency of the bloc.

“A few weeks before the French presidency of the European Union, everyone swears that this is not an anti-European gesture,” he said. Europe 1is the lord of Raguenel.

The change has already been criticized by some within the French state, he said.

“The Elysee Palace has experienced an internal debate, between those who consider this new flag to be ugly and others, attached to returning to the flag of their childhood before the Giscard years.”

The subject is so sensitive that Macron has not mentioned it at all.

“Emmanuel Macron’s entourage has no desire to give the image of a president who touches the deep symbols of the country, even if there is a meaning behind it all,” de Raguenel said.

However, he said it was definitely a change that was happening with the darker tricolor that was now flying not only in the Elysee Palace but also in the National Assembly, the French parliament, and in some ministry buildings.

There has been no decree that the current flag should be abandoned for official purposes, but few government agencies would want to disagree with the president.

The French flag is one of the most famous designs in the world. It was inspired by the flag of the Netherlands, which is also red, white and blue standing horizontally instead of vertically. Flags derived from the French standard are used by many other nations, including Italy and Ireland.

The colors red and blue are identified with various French saints. Red and blue are also the traditional colors of Paris and were used by the militia in the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a great conflict during the Revolution.

Originally posted as Emmanuel Macron has reportedly made a subtle but significant change to the French flag.

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