The French Flag
The "tricolour" (three-colour) flag is an emblem of the Fifth Republic. It had ...its origins in the union, at the time of the French Revolution, of the colours of the King (white) and the City of Paris (blue and red).
Even though the 1958 Constitution bestowed the privilege of being the national ...emblem on the tricolour flag, Marianne also embodies the French Republic.
Originally a revolutionary war song and hymn to liberty, the Marseillaise ...progressively became the French national anthem. Today it is the soundtrack for most official events.
Slogan of the French Republic
The slogan “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”, inherited from the Age of ...Enlightenment, was mentioned for the first time during the French Revolution. It was often challenged, but finally became established under the 3rd Republic. It was included in the constitution of 1958 and is now part of our national heritage.
Remembrance of the Slave Trade
On the 10th of May 2001, the Senate unanimously adopted the draft law ...recognising the slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity. France is the first country in the world to adopt such a position.