Marianne is a national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason as well as one of the most prominent beloved symbols of the French Republic.
Marianne holds a place of honor in France in town halls and law courts and symbolizes the “Triumph of the Republic”. Her bronze sculpture overlooks the Place de la Nation in Paris and her profile stands out on the official seal of the country, engraved on French Euro coins and appears on French postage stamps; it was also featured on the former franc currency.
Marianne represents the state and values of France and is much different from the other French cultural symbol, the Coq Gaulois (Gallic rooster) representing France as a nation and its history, land, culture, as well as a variety of national sport disciplines.
Although both symbols are common emblems of France, neither Marianne nor the Coq Gaulois enjoys official status: the flag of France, as named and described in Article 2 of the French constitution, is the only official emblem.
This is our beautiful Marianne 2013 as envisioned by French Fashion Designer Titelle Couture created on the spot in an elegant colorful dance of color & tulle at the Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival on July 14, 2013!
Photo Credits: Guylaine S Gamble