France: EU flag removed from Arc de Triomphe after causing stir

Junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, who on Friday had actually stated the flag would stay for “several days,” stated it had actually been removed as prepared.

“It was scheduled that the flag was to be taken down this Sunday, we hadn’t established an exact time,” Beaune informed France Inter radio.

He dismissed the concept that the federal government had actually given up after reactionary leader Marine Le Pen on Saturday stated she would interest France’s Council of State to eliminate the EU flag.

“The government has been forced to remove the EU flag from the Arc de Triomphe, a beautiful patriotic victory at the start of 2022,” Le Pen stated on Sunday.

“We didn’t back down, there was no change of plan …I fully assume France’s destiny is in Europe,” Beaune stated.

He stated Le Pen and other leaders had actually got it all incorrect when they stated the EU flag had actually supplanted the French flag as the latter is temporarily shown on the Arc de Triomphe.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has yet to state if he will run for reelection in April, beat Le Pen in a 2017 run-off by 66%-34%.
Many surveys reveal there will be a rematch in between the 2 in the upcoming governmental election, with Macron anticipated to win once again, albeit with a slimmer margin.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.