What is a Cocarde Tricolore?

La Cocarde Tricolore is the circle badge of red white and blue rings that represents the French Republic. It was created during the French revolution: the red and blue are the colors of Paris and the white was added by La Fayette out of respect for the monarchy (white being the color of the Bourbons), since they still hoped for a constitutional monarchy at that point. Louis XVI was asked to wear the cocarde on his hat, and it was worn on the Phrygian cap of the Revolutionaries. Today you see it on the façade of many government buildings like the Quai d’Orsay, on cars of government officials, and on the sash of Miss France.

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