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According to the Article 2 of the French Constitution dating from the 28 September 1958, the national motto of France is ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’. Now one of the symbols of sovereignty part of the national heritage, it derives from the ideals developed during the Age of Enlightenment.

“We are here by the will of the people and shall not leave our places save by the force of bayonets” (Nous sommes ici par la volonté du peuple et nous n’en sortirons que par la force des baïonnettes) – Mirabeau, 23 June 1789

 

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