The diplomatic emblem of France is an unofficial emblem that was adopted in 1913 by the French Foreign Ministry as a symbol for use by French diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad. It was based on an earlier design by the sculptor Jules-Clément Chaplain. The emblem also appears on the cover of French passports.
The emblem consists of:
- A wide pelte shield with, on the one end, a lion-head and on the other an eagle-head, bearing a monogram "RF" standing for République Française (French Republic).
- An olive branch symbolises peace.
- An oak branch symbolises perennity or wisdom.
- The fasces, a symbol associated with the exercise of justice (the bundle of rods and an axe were carried by Roman lictors) and the republic; note that this use of the fasces predates the adoption of this symbol by Benito Mussolini as the emblem of Italian Fascism.
The emblem appears on French diplomatic missions, as well as on the cover of French passports.
- ^ "The lictor's fasces". Présidence de la République.
- ^ http://www.hubert-herald.nl/FranFrance.htm
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