13 Interesting Facts About The French Flag

The French tricolor is considered one of the world’s famous tricolors, as it has been one of the most influential flags in history. Inspiring hundreds of thousands in the French Revolution, these colors became the symbols of nationalism in the late 18th century. After the French Revolution, the dark version of the flag was adopted but with the consideration, the brighter version was adopted in the previous century. Let us have some more interesting facts about Le Drapeau de la France, (or the flag of France).

The French FlagImage: Pixabay

1. The First Flag of France

Banner of France (10th or 12th century)
Banner of France (10th or 12th century)

The flag history of France takes us back to 10 or 12th century when the first flag of France was used. At that time, there were no stripes but only a blue field.
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2. Flower of the Lily Flag

Flag of France (12th-13th century)
Flag of France (12th-13th century)

Fleur-de-lis or the flower of the lily flag was first used in the 12th or 13th century. It was used as the Royal banner of the Kindom of France. It had more than 20 flowers on the blue field.
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3. Flag during Valois Dynasty

Valois Dynasty flag (1284-1589)
Valois Dynasty flag (1284-1589)

When the Valois Dynasty was ruling France in the late 13th century, the flag had only three lily flowers on a blue field.
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4. The First Tricolour

Flag of France (1790-1794)
Flag of France (1790-1794)

The first tricolor was adopted in 1790. However, the blue color was actually very dark at that time and the first stripe was red.
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5. Flag of the French First Republic

Flag of the First French Republic
Flag of the First French Republic

The flag of the French First Republic was slightly changed in 1794. The blue band was placed near the hoist side.
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6. Got replaced during Bourbon Restoration

The flag of France during Bourban Restoration
The flag of France during the Bourbon Restoration

When the Bourbon period arrived in 1814, the French tricolor was replaced with a flag of Lily flowers on the white field.
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7. Once It was a plane White

Plane white flag

In 1814, the flag of France was a plane white but, only for a brief period in 1814. In 1815, the flag was again adopted and remained in use until 1930.
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8. The Flag after the July Revolution

The French tricolor resumed in use after the July Revolution in 1830.
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9. Tricolor changed a bit in 1848

Short-lived flag of the French Second Republic
Short-lived flag of the French Second Republic

When the French Second Republic came into existence in 1848, the tricolor changed a bit. The red band was placed at the center and white was at the right. However, the flag was used for only a brief period.
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10. The Current Flag

Brighter version of the French Flag
The brighter version of French Flag

The current flag of France was adopted in 1848. It had represented many French overseas territories. It was a dark version; however, in 1976, the brighter version was adopted by the Government of France.
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11. Both Flags are used

Both the dark and light versions of the flag are used today. However, the lighter version is used more often today. It mainly used on official state buildings while the dark version is used on town halls, public buildings, and barracks.
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12. What does it represent?

In medieval France, society was divided into three classes, each of which was associated with a color of the tricolor. Red represented the nobility, white represented clergy, and blue represented the bourgeoisie (Middle-class). In the current version of the flag, red and blue are the colors of Paris and white represents the color of the ancient monarchy. Apart from it, these colors show the three elements of the revolutionary motto where blue represent freedom, white for equality, and red stands for brotherhood.
Source: worldatlas.com

13. Who designed it?

Portrait of Lafayette
Portrait of Lafayette

The flag was designed by Marquis de Lafayette, simply known as ‘Lafayette’ (Aristocrat and Military officer) and Jacques-Louis David (Painter) in the 18th century.
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