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[Standard of Europe of Peoples] image by Ivan Sache, 8 May 2022

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European Union flag with inverted colors

Marine Le Pen, leader of the Rassemblement National (formerly, Front National) published on 3 January 2019 on her official Twitter account the image of a European Union flag with inverted colors - yellow with blue stars. The flag was presented as the "standard of Europe of peoples".
By a "mere coincidence", the yellow background recalls the Yellow Vests movement, a populist, grassroots movement that emerged in France in late 2018.

At the end of her first meeting in the campaign for the European Parliament election, held on 19 January 2019 in Le Thor, near Avignon, Marine Le Pen was offered a "present". Soon unfolded, the "present" appeared to be a copy of the European Union flag with inverted colors.


Marine Le Pen was criticized for her blunt attempt to "solicit" the Yellow Vests' votes, as did other candidates to the election. Maybe as a consequence, the European flag with inverted color disappeared from her further communication.
"Prenez le pouvoir", supported by Marine Le Pen, was the most voted list at the election (23.33% of the votes), securing 23 Representatives.

More generally, the inverted flag issue highlights Marine Le Pen's hate for the European Union flag. Proposal No. 93 in her program for the 2018 presidential election was "To hoist permanently the French flag on all public buildings and remove the European Union flag from them". In April 2017, when invited to the TV program "Demain, Président" by the TF1 channel, she asked the European Union flag usually displayed in the background to be removed, which was done.
In 2014, David Rachline, elected Mayor of Fréjus for the (then) Front National, immediately ordered to remove the European Union flag from the Town Hall.
The same year, Philippe de Beauregard, elected Mayor of Camaret-sur-Aigues, for the (then) Front National, removed the European Union flag from the town's schools. Upon administrative request, he was forced to re-establish the flag, which he did, but using a flag much smaller than the neighboring flags of France and Provence.
LCI, 27 February 2017
20 Minutes, 19 April 2017
20 Minutes, 16 April 2014
France Bleu, 13 May 2019

Ivan Sache, 8 May 2022