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The Blue Wave flag

[Blue Wave flag]by Ivan Sache

In France, the blue colour is traditionally associated with the conservative parties. The big success obtained by these parties during the spring 2002 legislative election was immediatly called the "blue wave" (vague bleue).

Courrier International #610 (28 November 2002) shows a cartoon by Glez, originally published in Le Journal du Jeudi (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), on which the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin is represented waving a Tricolor flag with stripes "reflecting" the current political situation.

Of course, we shall not forget that the colours of the French national flag do not have any specific political meaning, even if white originally symbolized the monarchy. In the French national flag, blue never symbolized conservatism and red never symbolized communism.

Ivan Sache, 29 November 2002

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