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France: Traditionalist Catholics

Contre-Réforme Catholique

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French traditionalists

The following flags are used by the so-called 'traditionalists'.

Politically, most traditionalists support the actual President of the General Council of Vendée, Viscount Philippe de Villiers, who had created a small party with a very conservative Catholic and nationalist, anti-European program ('MPF, Mouvement pour la France'), and got slightly less than 5% of the votes in the last presidential election. The extremist ones support the 'Front National' of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the famous extreme-rightist party, or even 'more extremist' micro-parties with a very small influence.

[Extremists]by Ivan Sache,

This flag is a plain white flag charged with the Sacred Heart of Vendée. It is mainly used by the extremists.

[Traditionalists]by Ivan Sache, 20 November 1997

This is a Tricolore used by traditionalists who accept the French Republic. It appears as a sticker on many cars in Versailles, which is a 'focus' of Catholic traditionalism. The flag is sometimes charged with mottos in golden letters like 'Hope for the France'.. The flag is often used in general Catholic events (such as visits of the Pope). It is also used in demonstrations of the Front National (who claims to be republican).

[Non-Republican]by Ivan Sache,

This flag was used during the consecration of a new church by traditionalists near Paris. It is clearly non-republican.


Breton traditionalists

Breton traditionalists uses three different flags:

[Breton traditionalists 1]by Ivan Sache

[Breton traditionalists 2]by Ivan Sache

[Breton traditionalists 3]by Ivan Sache

Source: P. Rault. Les drapeaux bretons de 1188 à nos jours [rau98]

 Ivan Sache, 6 January 1999

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