Flags of the World: France

The French flag has a long and storied history. It was officially adopted in 1794 after first being hoisted in 1790 at the resolution of the French Revolution. However, the flag has been used off and on since that time, only being officially reinstated and continuously used since 1830, and being listed in the French constitutions of 1946 and 1958. The national flag of France is more affectionately known as the Le Drapeau Tricolore, or the French Tricolor.

The French flag has a fairly basic design of three vertical stripes. The colors blue, white, and red are used from left to right.

The colors do not necessarily have the traditional meanings assigned to them that you might expect from other flags throughout the world. Prior to the French Revolution, the French used a white flag, which represented purity and strength. The red and blue colors were added to the flag later because the Parisian militia wore blue and red cockades on their hats.

No collection or special event is complete without France’s national flag. We offer a wide variety of materials and techniques to ensure that you get a high-quality flag that you’ll be proud to fly.