Sacre bleu! Sacre bleu!

  • French President Emmanuel Macron changed the color of France’s flag
  • Now, blue has a deeper shade of navy than it did in the past.
  • It was decided to “reconnect” with the flag that was used during French Revolution

It has been shown that Emmanuel Macron, the French President has subtly altered the flag’s colour.

Tricolour now uses navy as its shade, which is a deeper shade than the one used before.

The change was confirmed by the Elysée and was changed last year in a bid to reconnect with the French flag of 1793 – a symbol of the French revolution, according to Europe 1.

After: The shade of blue that makes up the Tricolour is now navy, a darker shade of blue than was used previously. It is to match the French flag of 1793 when the first republic was formed

After: The shade of blue that makes up the Tricolour is now navy, a darker shade of blue than was used previously. This is to be in keeping with the French flag from 1793, when the first republic was founded.

Before: The lighter shade of blue used previously used to match the shade used for the European Union flag

Before: This was the lighter version of the blue that was previously used to match what is used for the European Union Flag.

This decision was a subject of intense debate in Macron’s government. The news outlet reported that some officials found the new colour unattractive, while Macron thought it was more elegant.

The new flag is on display at Government buildings across the capital including Elysée Palace and the National Assembly.

It is believed that Macron made the decision, but it was Arnaud Jolens who, as his director of operations was responsible for the move.

This flag was used for the first time in 1790s, during France’s Revolution that followed the founding of the First French Republic in 1792.

The republic implemented a series of radical changes under the Constitution of 1793 including a commitment to political democracy, universal manhood suffrage and equal application of the law to all.

Pictured: The old flag features a lighter shade of blue along with the traditional red and white

Pictured: An older flag with a darker blue than the red and white traditional colors

Officially adopted in 1794 as the national flag was the Tricolour. It was created by Jacques-Louis David.

The lighter version of the flag was introduced in 1976 by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing for use in televised governmental speeches.

Europe 1 explained that the European Union’s flag should not be compared to the European Union’s flag, so they adopted the same colour of blue. 

Red and blue are Paris’s traditional colours and they were also used during the French Revolution by militia members.

White was nationalized as a symbol of republican government after its formation.

The three colours are occasionally taken to represent the three elements of the revolutionary motto, liberté (freedom: blue), égalité (equality: white), fraternité (brotherhood: red).