Armorial of Presidents of France

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Many of the Presidents of the French Republic have borne arms, either through inheritance or via membership in foreign orders of chivalry, particularly the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim and the Danish Order of the Elephant.

Arms of the Presidents of the French Republic[edit]

Arms or emblem Name of president and blazon
Coat of Arms Second French Empire (1852–1870)-2.svg Charles Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of the French Republic from 1848 to 1852.

Azure an Eagle displayed head to the sinister Or, holding in its talons a thunderbolt also Or.

Coat of Arms of Adolphe Thiers (Order of the Golden Fleece).svgBlason président Thiers.svg Adolphe Thiers, President of the French Republic from 1871 to 1873.


Azure, in base a Mullet and in chief two Crescents Or, on a Chief of the last a Rose Gules between two mullets Azure

Macmahonarms.jpgBlason président Mac Mahon.svg Patrice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, President of the French Republic from 1873 to 1879.

Ancestral arms: Argent, three Lions passant regardant in pale Gules

Motto: Sic Nos Sic Sacra Tuemur (Latin for "Thus We Defend Our Sacred Rights")

Julesgrevyarms.jpg Jules Grévy, President of the French Republic from 1879 to 1887.

On appointment as a Knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim, he did not specify what arms he wanted for his stall plate. Therefore, his stall plate shows an unpainted shield.

Carnotarms.jpgBlason président Carnot.svg Marie François Sadi Carnot, President of the French Republic, 1887-1894.

Ancestral arms: Azure, three Martlets, and in chief a Mullet, all Argent

Blason président Périer.svg Jean Casimir-Perier, President of the French Republic, 1894-1895.

Ancestral arms: Azure, a Bend Or, in dexter chief a Lion's head erased Argent crowned Or

Félix Faure, President of the French Republic, 1895-1899.

No arms known

Emileloubetarms.jpg Émile Loubet, President of the French Republic from 1899 to 1906.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a branch of Laurel surmounted by a Cipher composed of the letters E&L Or

Motto: Virtute et labore (Latin for "virtue and work")

Blason président Fallières.svg Armand Fallières, President of the French Republic from 1906 to 1913.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Cipher composed of the letters A&F Or

Motto: l'homme ne vaut que par le bien qu'il fait (French for "we are judged by our deeds")[citation needed]

Raymondpoincarearms.jpg Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Republic from 1913 to 1920.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Cipher composed of the letters R&P Or

Paul Deschanel, President of the French Republic in 1920.

No arms known

Alexandre Millerand, President of the French Republic from 1920 to 1924.

No arms known

Gaston Doumergue, President of the French Republic from 1924 to 1931.

No arms known

Paul Doumer, President of the French Republic in 1931.

No arms known

Albert Lebrun, President of the French Republic, 1931-1940.

No arms known.

Vincent Auriol, President of the French Republic, 1947-1954.

No arms known.

Rene Coty, President of the French Republic, 1954-1959.

No arms known.

Blason président De Gaulle.svgBlason président De Gaulle (Séraphin).svg Charles de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, 1959-1969.

Ancestral arms: Tierced in fess Argent, Gules, and Azure, the Argent charged with three oak galls Gules slipped and leaved Vert, the Azure charged with three trefoils slipped Or.

Assumed on him being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 8 May 1963:

Per pale Azure and Gules, on a Pale Argent a Patriarchal Cross of the Second

Motto: France Libre (French for Free France)

Georges Pompidou, President of the French Republic, 1969-1974.

No arms known


Vgearms2.jpgBlason président Giscard d'Estaing.svgCoat of Arms of Valery Giscard d'Estaing (Order of Charles III).svg Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the French Republic, 1974-1981.

Assumed on him being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 6 June 1980:

Azure a Fasces Or bindings Argent between two Laurel sprigs disposed orleways of the second and bound together in base by a ribbon of the third.

No motto.

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic, he uses the crest:

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Armes François Mitterrand (Ordre du Seraphin).svgCoat of Arms of François Mitterrand (Order of Isabella the Catholic).svg François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic from 1981 to 1995.

May have been related to an armigerous family.

Assumed on his being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Tree eradicated Or

No motto.

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic; he used the crest:


Mantling: Or lined Azure

Coat of Arms of Jacques Chirac (Order of the Seraphim).svg Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, 1995-2007. Admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 10 April 2000.

His stallplate as a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim shows the emblem of the French Republic: Or, the letters R and F conjoined Or

Supporter: A fasces Or

-all surrounded by to the dexter, a sprig of laurel Or, and to the sinister, a sprig of oak Or, and the Collar of the Order of the Seraphim.

No motto.


Coat of Arms of Nicolas Sarkozy (Golden Fleece Variant).svg Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, 2007-2012.

Ancestral arms: Gules, on a Mount Vert a Wolf rampant Proper, holding in its dexter paw a Sabre Or

Crest: A Wolf rampant Proper, holding in its dexter paw a Sabre Or

Torse: Or, Azure and Gules

Mantling: to the dexter, Or lined Azure, and to the sinister, Or lined Gules.

No motto.

Coat of Arms of François Hollande (Order of the Seraphim).svg Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic, 2012–2017.

His stallplate as a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim shows a similar representation to that of former President Chirac; with differences:


Argent, the letters R and F conjoined Gules

Supporter: A fasces Argent

-all surrounded by to the dexter, a sprig of laurel Azure, and to the sinister, a sprig of oak Gules, and the Collar of the Order of the Seraphim.

No motto.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, 2017–present.

No arms known.

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