The European flag removed from the Arc de Triomphe

The European flag, which flew under the Arc de Triomphe for the start of the French presidency of the EU, was withdrawn on the night of Saturday January 1 to Sunday January 2, “in accordance with the planned timing”, assured the Élysée to Agence France-Presse while the far right claims a “patriotic victory”.

“The European flag was removed overnight, in accordance with the planned timing,” said the Elysee, adding that it was expected that the EU flag “remains in the wind on December 31 and January 1 to mark the symbolically kick off of the PFUE, as well as the blue illumination of several monuments ”in France.

But Marine Le Pen hailed “a fine patriotic victory”, saying “the government has been forced to withdraw the European Union flag from the Arc de Triomphe”. “Thank you to the massive mobilization of all lovers of France and the Republic to roll back Emmanuel Macron,” insisted the candidate of the National Rally on Twitter.

The day before, Marine Le Pen had announced that she was going to lodge an appeal “in the coming days” with the Council of State to challenge the decision to fly the flag of Europe under the Arc de Triomphe, accompanied by a request for “suspension, in summary” of this “real attack on the identity of our homeland”. The other far-right candidate, Eric Zemmour, but also 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 the France-Press Agency “aberrant to see the right mixing everything up and running desperately after the sterile polemics of the extreme right”. “The device (at the Arc de Triomphe) was put in place for a few days, with the illuminations. The French flag will obviously be reinstalled. This is a symbolic and temporary initiative, which accompanies January 1 and the start of the PFUE “, he added.

Asked whether the executive had accelerated the movement in the face of criticism, a government source assured Agence France-Presse on Sunday that this had “nothing to do” and that it was expected from the start that the flag European is only installed for December 31 and January 1. As for the return of the French flag, the executive did not have a date to provide, but recalled that it did not float permanently under the Arc de Triomphe anyway. Dozens of monuments illuminated in blue, including the Eiffel Tower and the Elysée Palace, will remain so for seven days.

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