French politicians refuse to fly flags at half-mast for Queen

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Ranch politicians are rebelling against the president’s order to lower their flag at half-mast in honor of the Queen.

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They believe President Emmanuel Macron has extended his love for the late Elizabeth II to a country that killed its last queen more than 200 years ago.

Despite the French Revolution of 1789, Mr Macron wants the British monarch’s funeral on Monday to be marked at half-mast tricolor on official buildings across France.

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But Yann Galat, mayor of the central city of Borges, said: “This request strikes me as unbelievable.

“I respect the misery of my English friends, but I will not fly the French flag at half-mast on the public buildings of the Bourges.”

Mr. Gallat said: “We are a republic country. Why should I pay homage to a foreign king?”

Patrick Procy, mayor of the eastern city of Fachs-Thumesnil, said: “How can it be logical to put half-mast flags on our schools, which all hold the motto: liberty, equality, fraternity?”

Mr Procy said: “No concept is further from equality than monarchy,” attacking the theory that “being born into the right family gives you special blood that puts you above others.”

Far-left MP Alexis Corbier of the France Unbold party tweeted: “Too much.

“The way almost all French television channels have been turned into royal celebrity magazines is starting to look strange.”

In the past, France has raised flags in honor of the Pope, Nelson Mandela, and Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.

On Friday last week, ministries in the Elysee Palace and Paris at Mr Macron’s orders lowered the tricolor at half-mast, while the Union Jack was also flown.

Mr Macron has since paid an extremely emotional tribute to Elizabeth II, saying she “represents eternity” and was a “queen of hearts”.


Source: www.standard.co.uk

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