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After #ParisAttacks the motto “Fluctuat nec mergitur” becomes a symbol of resitance for Paris

In the aftermath of Paris Atacks on Friday,13th of November , the Latin motto of Paris “Fluctuat nec mergitur ” (Tossed but not sunk) became a symbol of resistance.

The blazon of Paris City is a sailing boat and below is written the famous Fluctuat Nec Mergitur. During the Antiquity, this coat of arms and motto were used by the corporation of Nautes (Water Dealers). These men, who used river transport (especially the Seine) for commerce, were very powerful. Under St. Louis the XIII century, the provost (mayor ancestor) used this motto to certify acts. By the end of the sixteenth century , it appeared on the local currency.

Until the French Revolution, this “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” is a motto among others. It was only on the 24 November 1853 when Baron Haussmann, prefect of the Seine, made this blazon official by decree. It is now listed on the hats of Republican Guards and the tradition helmet firefighters of Paris.



Georges Brassens used this phrase to describe the boat in the “Les Copains d’abord” song and the album of the same name.

Sources: Images found on Twitter, rtl.fr, wikipedia.


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