Insulting the French Flag Could Cost You

Sacrebleu! France has just passed a rule stating that anyone insulting the French national flag could be fined €1,500:

France has introduced a rule to protect its national flag from insult after a photo of a man wiping his bottom with the tricolour caused outrage.

Under the rule, anyone caught trying to "destroy, damage or use the flag in a degrading manner" could face a fine of 1,500 euros (£1,250; $1,900).

The offending picture won a prize in a photo contest in the southern city of Nice in March. It was later published in a free national newspaper.


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A bit over the top, but not really much different from some of the rules around the US flag: for example, you're not supposed to degrade it by using it in advertising or product packaging, or wearing it as clothing or as some kind of cape.

Captain America and Wonder Woman have really led you all astray. So I'm sure the French can ignore their flag laws just as surely as the Americans do.
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