What Is France's National Motto?

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The offical motto of France is "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité," which means "liberty, equality, brotherhood." This motto has a long tradition in France, as it was already in use before the First Republic of France was established in 1790.

This slogan was also used as a rallying cry at the time of the French Revolution of 1848 and was inscribed on public buildings around the country in 1880. "Liberty, equality, brotherhood" is also written into both French Constitutions, which were written in 1946 and 1958. While there is resistance to this slogan among certain political factions, most French people consider these words to be directly linked with their national identity and heritage.