List of French flags

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This list includes flags that either have been in use or are currently used by France, French Overseas Collectivites, Sui Generis Collectivity and French Overseas Territory.

National flags[edit]

List of French flags
Flag of France.svg
French ensigns
Colonial flags
Regional flags
Flag Date Use Description
Flag of France (1790–1794).svg 1790–1794 National flag at the end of the Kingdom of France and the beginning of the French First Republic A vertical tricolour of red, white and blue (proportions 3:2)
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1794–1814 National flag of the First Republic and in the First French Empire.
First adopted on 15 February 1794
A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).
Flag of the Kingdom of France (1814-1830).svg 1814–1815 National flag of the Kingdom of France during the Bourbon Restoration Pure white flag (proportions 3:2).
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1815 National flag of the French Empire in its short lived restoration during the Hundred Days A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).
Flag of the Kingdom of France (1814-1830).svg 1815–1830 National flag after the resumption of the Bourbon Restoration Kingdom of France Pure white flag (proportions 3:2).
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1830–1848 National flag of the Kingdom of France after the July Revolution A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).
Drapeau france 1848.svg 1848 National flag of the French Second Republic very briefly used between 24 February and 5 March A vertical tricolour of blue, red, and white (proportions 3:2).
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1848–present National flag of the French Second Republic, Second French Empire, French Third Republic, French State, Provisional Government of the French Republic, French Fourth Republic and France today (a.k.a. the French Fifth Republic) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).
Flag of France.svg 1976[1]–present The adoption of an alternative brighter version of the flag A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).

Ensigns[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of French-Navy-Revolution.svg 1790–1794 Naval ensign during the French Revolution A white flag with a bordered, first version of the French tricolore on the top-left honour quadrant
Civil and Naval Ensign of France.svg 1853–present Civil ensign and Naval ensign
Adopted on 17 May 1853, previous ensigns were the same as the national flags
A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red, but with bars in proportion 30:33:37

Standards[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
MarquePresident.svg 1880–Present Presidential and Prime Minister standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1).
FanionPresident.svg 1880–Present Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2).
Ministre-DOMTOM.svg Flag of the Minister of Overseas France A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) on a blue ensign.
Flag of French Governor in French Colony.svg 1880–Present Flag of the Governor Colony A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red on swallow tail blue ensign. (proportions 1:2).

Military flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Marque mindef.svg Flag of the Minister of the Armed Forces A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with a golden emblem.
Masthead pennant of France.svg Pennant
Marque CEMA.svg Flag of the Chief of the Defence Staff
Marque cemm.svg Flag of the Chief of Staff of the French Navy
Marque amiral.svg Flag of the Admiral of the French Navy
Marque VAE.svg Flag of the Vice-Admiral D'escadre of the French Navy
Marque VA.svg Flag of the Vice-Admiral of the French Navy
Contre-Amiral.svg Flag of the Contre-Admiral of the French Navy
Marque-capitaine-de-vaisseau-chef-division.svg Flag of the Capitaine de Vaisseau of the French Navy (Division)
Marque-capitaine-de-vaisseau.svg Flag of the Capitaine de Vaisseau of the French Navy (Unit)
Marque-capitaine-de-vaisseau.svg Flag of the Harbour Commanding Officer
Marque-capitaine-marine-marchande-senior.svg Flag of the Senior Merchant Navy Captain in the harbour

Regional and territorial flags[edit]

Historical flags[edit]

National flags and ensigns[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Banner of France (10th century-12th century).svg 10th century-12th century Banner of the Kingdom of France
Flag of France (XII-XIII).svg 12th century-13th century Banner of the Kingdom of France
Flag of France (XIV-XVI).svg 14th century-16th century Banner of the Kingdom of France
Oriflamme.svg 1124–1356 Oriflamme
Oriflamme1.svg 1124–1356 Oriflamme (variant)
Pavillon royal de la France.svg 1365–1794 Flag of the Kingdom of France
Pavillon royal de France.svg 1365–1792,
1815–1830
Flag of the Kingdom of France & the Bourbon Restoration
Naval Flag of the Kingdom of France (Civil Ensign).svg 1365–1792 Merchant flag
Flag of Royalist France.svg 1789–1799 Flag of royalists during the revolution
Drapeau révolutionnaire 1.svg 14 July 1790-1990s Merchant flag
Drapeau révolutionnaire 2.svg 21 January 1793-1990s Merchant flag
Drapeau révolutionnaire 3.svg 7 May 1794-1990s Merchant flag

Standards[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Standard of the King of France.svg 1365–1792 Royal standard
Imperial Standard of Napoléon I.svg 1804–1815 Imperial standard
Imperial Standard of Napoléon III.svg 1870–1873 Imperial standard
Imperial Standard of Napoléon Eugène Bonaparte.svg 1873–1879 Imperial standard
MarqueCarnot.svg 1888–1894 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "C".
MarqueLoubet.svg 1899–1906 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "EL".
MarqueFallières.svg 1906–1913 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "AF".
MarquePoincaré.svg 1913–1920 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "RP".
MarqueDeschanel.svg 1920 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "PD".
MarqueDoumergue.svg 1924–1931 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "GD".
MarqueDoumer.svg 1931–1932 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "PD".
MarqueLebrun.svg 1932–1940 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "AL".
MarquePétain.svg 1940–1944 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the axe and 7 golden stars.
Flag of Philippe Pétain, Chief of State of Vichy France.svg 1940–1944 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2) with the axe and 7 golden stars.
MarqueAuriol.svg 1947–1954 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "VA".
MarqueCoty.svg 1954–1959 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "RC".
MarqueDeGaulle1959.svg 1959–1969 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "CG" and the red Cross of Lorraine.
FanionDegaulle1959.svg 1959–1969 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2) with the red Cross of Lorraine.
MarquePompidou.svg 1969–1974 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "GP".
FanionPompidou.svg 1969–1974 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2) with the golden "GP".
MarquePoher.svg 1974 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "AP".
FanionPoher.svg 1974 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2) with the golden "AP".
MarqueMitterrand1981.svg 1981 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden "FM".
FanionMitterrand1981.svg 1981 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 3:2) with the golden "FM".
MarqueMitterrand1982.svg 1982–1995 Presidential standard A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden oak tree.
FanionMitterrand1982.svg 1982–1995 Presidential standard (variant) A vertical tricolour of blue, white, and red (proportions 1:1) with the golden oak tree.

French colonial empire and overseas territories[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the State of Aleppo.svg 1920–1924 Flag of Aleppo
Latakiya-sanjak-Alawite-state-French-colonial-flag.svg 1920–1938 Flag of the Alawite State
Flag of Colonial Annam.svg 1874–1949 Flag of Annam
Flag of Cambodia under French protection.svg 1867–1941,
1945–1953
Flag of Cambodia
Royal Standard of King Louis XIV.svg 1663–1763 Flag of Canada
Flag of Republic of Cochinchina.svg 1862–1949 Flag of Cochinchina
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1830–1962 Flag of French Algeria
French Algeria Naval Ensign 1848-1910.svg 1848–1910 Merchant ensign of French Algeria[2]
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1918–1960 Flag of French Cameroons
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1882–1910 Flag of French Congo
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1910–1958 Flag of French Equatorial Africa
Flag of Colonial Annam.svg 1898–1946 Flag of Guangzhouwan
Royal Standard of King Louis XIV.svg 1663–1763 Flag of New France
Pavillon LouisXIV.svg 1625–1794 Flag of Saint-Domingue
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg 1794–1803 Flag of Saint-Domingue

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drapeau Français". promo-drapeaux.fr. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Drapeaux d'Origine & d'Inspiration Françaises (DO&IF): Afrique". D-o-i-f.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-22.