It was a matter of contention between the extreme right and the right. The Elysee assures that the European flag was withdrawn in the “planned timing”.
On Saturday, January 1, to Sunday, 2, 2008, the European flag that was flying under the Arc de Triomphe at the beginning of France’s presidency of the EU was taken down. “According to the scheduled timing”Nevertheless, he assured the Elysee to AFP that he was not a far-right claimant. Patriotic victory.
“The European flag was taken out of Europe overnight according to the plan timing”The Elysee stated that it was likely that the EU flag would be flying “,” remains in the wind on December 31 and January 1 to symbolically mark the start of the PFUE, as well as the blue illumination of several monuments ”France
Marine Le Pen, however, was highly praised for ” a great patriotic victory ”Estimate that “The government was forced from Arc de Triomphe to remove the European Union flag”. « Thank you to the massive mobilization of all lovers of France and the Republic to push back Emmanuel Macron ”The candidate for the National Rally on Twitter insisted that he agreed.
Just a day earlier, she had made it clear that she would be depositing ” In the next days, “A request to the Council of State to contest the decision to fly Europe’s flag below the Arc de Triomphe. suspension, in summary ”Why is ” a real attack on the identity of our homeland ”.
The other far-right candidate, Eric Zemmour, but also the LR candidate Valérie Pécresse had also criticized the installation of the EU flag, less than 100 days before the presidential election.
The Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune had judged Saturday with AFP ” It is absurd to think that the right would mix everything up and run desperately after the sterile polemics espoused by the extreme right..
“The device (at the Arc de Triomphe) was set up for a few days, with the illuminations. The French flag will undoubtedly be reinstalled. It is a symbolic and temporary initiative, which accompanies January 1 and the start of the PFUE ”He said so.
When asked by AFP Sunday if the executive had accelerated it in the face criticism, a source from the government said that it didn’t. Nothing to seeAnd that it was in the plan from the beginning that the European flag would only be displayed for December 31st and January 1.
The executive could not give a date for the return of France’s flag but reminded that it was not permanently under the Arc de Triomphe.
For their part, dozens of monuments illuminated in blue, including the Eiffel Tower and the Elysée Palace, will remain so for seven days.