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Section - 4. Que signifient les couleurs du drapeau francais ? What is the meaning of the french flag's colors?

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Ordre des couleurs: bleu, blanc et   | Order of the colors: red, white and
rouge en bandes verticales, le bleu  | blue in vertical stipes.  The blue
etant du cote du mat.                | being on the pole's side.
                                     |
Blanc: la couleur des rois Bourbons. | White: the color of the Bourbon kings.
Bleu et rouge: les couleurs de Paris.| Blue and red: the colors of Paris.
                                     |
Pendant la revolution francaise, le  | During the french revolution, the
roi Louis XVI a accepte ces couleurs | king Louis XVI has accepted these
le 14 juillet 1790 (fete de la fede- | colors of the 14th July 1790 (fete de
ration) sur le Champs de Mars, sig-  | la federation) on the Camps de Mars,
nifiant que le peuple de Paris etait | meaning that the people of Paris were
avec le roi.                         | with the king.
                                     |
Les couleurs de Paris:               | The colors of Paris:
 Rouge: la dynastie des Carolingiens |  Red: the dynasty of the Carolingians
 Bleu: les Capetiens.                |  Blue: the Capetians.
                                     |
Le drapeau francais resume les 3     | The french flag summarizes the 3
dynasties qui ont fait l'histoire de | dynasties who made the french history
la France pendant 10 siecles.        | in about 10 centuries.


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