Symbols of the French Republic, such as the national motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, the national day 14 July, the Marseillaise, the national anthem, the three-coloured flag, the Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of 1789 and Marianne, had been created at the time of the French Revolution.

Symbols of the French Republic : Marianne

You could say Marianne is the soul of the French Republic. It represents the permanent values for French citizens. A Marianne is a proud and determined women wearing a Phrygian cap. This symbol of the French Republic came from a forename Marie-Anne, which was very popular during 18th century in France. Marianne symbolise the change regime, it is like “the mother country” who protects the children of the Republic. The Phrygian cap she is wearing is a soft, red felt cap covering the ears, with a rounded top that is pull forward and it’s expressed the values of liberty and revolution. From 1789 Marianne has survived through five Republics and till these days this symbol is popular in town halls together with the features of celebrities like Laetitia Casta.

Symbols of the French Republic : the Marseillaise

The next symbol of the French Republic is the Marseillaise, which is the patriotic hymn of the French Revolution. It was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. It used to run under the different title, “Chant de Guerre pour les Armees aux Frontieres”. The Marseille troops marched to it to enter Paris on 30 July 1792. After that, it was named the Marseillaise by Parisian. Officially the Marseillaise was accepted as the national anthem of France in 1879 and became a symbol during all important celebrations for the French Republic.

The three-coloured flag

Talking about the symbols of the French Republic we cannot forget about the three-coloured flag, the emblem of the French Republic. It has its beginning at the time of the French Revolution. White colour symbolises French kings, blue and red represent The City of Paris. The flag is composed in three equal bands, first blue one is attached to the flag hilt, then it’s white one in the middle and the red one is floating. You can see the three-coloured French flag in civil and military celebrations but also all over public buildings.

Symbols of the French Republic : Bastille Day

14 July the National day is certainly a huge symbol of the French Republic. It’s also called Bastille Day. This day symbolizes the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Republic. It’s the day when all citizens in presents of the head of State and the military celebrate being part of a republican nation. On the same day every year takes place a military parade along the Champs-Elysee followed up by fireworks and dances all over the country.  14 July 1789 became historical symbol, which proofed in fact that the people were in power, not the God or the King. And for all citizens in France 14 July symbolizes liberty and democracy.