The Daily Telegraph

Mayors defy Macron’s order to lower flags

- By Henry Samuel in Paris

Left-leaning French mayors are revolting against government orders to fly flags at half-mast for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

After the Queen’s death, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, issued an emotional tribute to Britain and the “Queen of hearts”, and Elisabeth Borne, prime minister, instructed public buildings to lower the Tricolour next Monday. But Yann Galut, mayor of the central city of Bourges and a former senior Socialist Party official, said on France 3 television: “We are a republican country. Why should I pay tribute to a foreign monarch?”

Patrick Proisy, mayor of Faches-thumesnil, on the Belgian border, added: “How could it be logical to put halfmast flags on our schools which all carry the motto: Liberty, equality, fraternity?”

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