The French invited to fly the Tricolour for National Homage Day

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Today Friday 27 November 2015 is a national day of remembrance for the 130 victims of the Paris attacks. French citizens are invited to put out the French flag in the windows of their homes.


A remembrance ceremony is taking place on Friday morning at 10.30am at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, in the presence of the French President, his government and French officials. It marks the deaths of 130 victims in the Paris attacks of Friday 13 November 2015. The French President will make a speech and the Republican Guard will carry a portrait photograph of every victim of the attacks. Although the ceremony is limited to 1,000 people including the families of the victims, it will be shown live on French TV.

French President François Hollande has invited all French citizens to put the Tricolour in the windows of their houses on Friday 27 November 2015. According to government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll, each French nationals can take part in a national memorial ceremony by “dressing their houses with a blue-white-red flag, the colours of France […] We have tried to suggest something that will let every French person take part in Friday’s ceremony“.

Unlike in the US, displaying the national flag at home is not common in France as it was seen as a symbol of nationalism or associated with the far-right. Since the January 2015 Paris attacks, the French people’s relationship to the Tricolour is changing. A recent poll revealed that almost two-thirds of the French now see it as a positive thing to fly the Tricolour at home.

In our little town of Maisons-Laffitte in the Western suburbs of Paris most shopkeepers have put out their French flags in remembrance of the Paris attacks:

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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