Armorial of presidents of France

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Many of the presidents of the French Republic have borne arms, either through inheritance or via membership in foreign orders of chivalry, particularly the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim and the Danish Order of the Elephant,the Spanish orders of Charles III and the Order of the Golden Fleece, and the Papal Supreme Order of Christ.

Arms of the Presidents of the French Republic[edit]

Arms or emblem Name of president and blazon

Coat of Arms Second French Empire (1852–1870)-Helmet Variant.svg Blason président Bonaparte.svg

Charles Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of the French Republic from 1848 to 1852.

Azure an Eagle displayed head to the sinister Or, holding in its talons a thunderbolt also Or.

Crest: The Imperial Crown of France Or


Coat of Arms of Adolphe Thiers (Order of the Golden Fleece).svgBlason président Thiers.svg Adolphe Thiers, President of the French Republic from 1871 to 1873.


Azure, in base a Mullet and in chief two Crescents Or, on a Chief of the last a Rose Gules between two mullets Azure

No motto.

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece he bore the crest:

Three Ostrich feathers Azure, Or and Azure

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Blason fam irl-fr Mac Mahon (de) (W. Maigne-1860).png Macmahonarms.jpgBlason président Mac Mahon.svgCoat of Arms of Patrice de MacMahon (Order of the Golden Fleece).svg

Patrice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, President of the French Republic from 1873 to 1879.

Ancestral arms: Argent, three Lions passant regardant in pale Gules

Crest: an arm clutching a sword

Mantling: Argent lined Gules

Motto: Sic Nos Sic Sacra Tuemur (Latin for "Thus We Defend Our Sacred Rights")

Jules Grévy coat of arms.svg Jules Grévy, President of the French Republic from 1879 to 1887.

On appointment as a Knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim, he did not specify what arms he wanted for his stall plate. Therefore, his stall plate shows an unpainted shield.

Carnotarms.jpgBlason président Carnot.svg Marie François Sadi Carnot, President of the French Republic, 1887-1894.

Ancestral arms: Azure, three Martlets, and in chief a Mullet, all Argent

Supporters: Two lions Gules

Motto: 'Honneur, Loyauté, Devoir' (French: 'Honour, Loyalty, Duty')

Blason président Périer.svgCoat of Arms of Jean Casimir-Perier (Order of Charles III).svg Jean Casimir-Perier, President of the French Republic, 1894-1895.

Ancestral arms: Azure, a Bend Or, in dexter chief a Lion's head erased Argent crowned Or

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Charles III, he used the crest:

Four ostrich feathers Azure, Or, Argent and Azure

Torse: Or, Argent and Azure

Mantling: Or lined per pale Azure and Argent

Coat of Arms of Félix Faure (Order of the Golden Fleece).svg Félix Faure, President of the French Republic, 1895-1899.

Azure, a Cipher composed of two letter Fs in saltire Or


As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Charles III, he used the crest:

Three ostrich feathers Azure, Or and Azure

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Emileloubetarms.jpgCoat of Arms of Émile Loubet (Order of the Golden Fleece).svg Émile Loubet, President of the French Republic from 1899 to 1906.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a branch of Laurel surmounted by a Cipher composed of the letters E&L Or

Motto: Virtute et labore (Latin: "virtue and work")

As a Knight of the Spanish branch of the Order of the Golden Fleece; he used the crest:

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Charles III, he used the crest:

Three ostrich feathers Azure, Or and Azure

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Blason président Fallières.svgCoat of Arms of Armand Fallières (Order of Charles III).svg Armand Fallières, President of the French Republic from 1906 to 1913.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Cipher composed of the letters A&F Or

Motto: l'homme ne vaut que par le bien qu'il fait (French: "we are judged by our deeds")[citation needed]

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Charles III, his arms were instead:

Azure, a cypher consisting of the letters A and two Fs conjoined all Or

and used the crest:

Three ostrich feathers Or, Azure and Or.

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Raymondpoincarearms.jpgCoat of Arms of Raymond Poincaré (Order of the Golden Fleece).svg Raymond Poincaré, President of the French Republic from 1913 to 1920.

Assumed on his induction into the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Cipher composed of the letters R&P Or

As a Knight of the Spanish branch of the Order of the Golden Fleece; he used the crest:

Three ostrich feathers Azure, Or and Azure

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure


Coat of Arms of Paul Doumer, Paul Deschanel and Alexandre Millerand (Order of Charles III).svg

Paul Deschanel, President of the French Republic in 1920.

Argent an oval Azure charged with a branch of olive and a branch of oak in Saltire charged with a fasces per pale and a ribbon with the motto LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE all Or


Coat of Arms of Paul Doumer, Paul Deschanel and Alexandre Millerand (Order of Charles III).svg

Alexandre Millerand, President of the French Republic from 1920 to 1924.

Argent an oval Azure charged with a branch of olive and a branch of oak in Saltire charged with a fasces per pale and a ribbon with the motto LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE all Or

Coat of Arms of Gaston Doumergue (Order of the Golden Fleece).svg Gaston Doumergue, President of the French Republic from 1924 to 1931.

Azure, a Cipher composed of the letters G&D Or

As a Knight of the Spanish Order

Three ostrich feathers Or and Azure

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Coat of Arms of Paul Doumer, Paul Deschanel and Alexandre Millerand (Order of Charles III).svg

Paul Doumer, President of the French Republic in 1931.


Argent an oval Azure charged with a branch of olive and a branch of oak in Saltire charged with a fasces per pale and a ribbon with the motto LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE all Or

Albert Lebrun, President of the French Republic, 1931-1940.

No arms known.

Coat of Arms of Albert Lebrun and René Coty (Supreme Order of Christ).svg Vincent Auriol, President of the French Republic, 1947-1954.

Azure, a branch of Olive and a branch of Oak in Saltire charged with a fasces per pale and a ribbon with the motto LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE all Or


Used as a Knight of the Supreme Order of Christ

Coat of Arms of Albert Lebrun and René Coty (Supreme Order of Christ).svg Rene Coty, President of the French Republic, 1954-1959.

Azure, a branch of Olive and a branch of Oak in Saltire charged with a fasces per pale and a ribbon with the motto LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE all Or as Knights of the Order of Christ:


Used as a Knight of the Supreme Order of Christ

Blason président De Gaulle.svgBlason président De Gaulle (Séraphin).svg Charles de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, 1959-1969.

Ancestral arms: Tierced in fess Argent, Gules, and Azure, the Argent charged with three oak galls Gules slipped and leaved Vert, the Azure charged with three trefoils slipped Or.

Assumed on him being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 8 May 1963:

Per pale Azure and Gules, on a Pale Argent a Patriarchal Cross of the Second

Motto: France Libre (French for Free France)

Georges Pompidou, President of the French Republic, 1969-1974.

No arms known


Vgearms2.jpgBlason président Giscard d'Estaing.svgCoat of Arms of Valery Giscard d'Estaing (Order of Charles III).svg Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the French Republic, 1974-1981.

Assumed on him being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 6 June 1980:

Azure a Fasces Or bindings Argent between two Laurel sprigs disposed orleways of the second and bound together in base by a ribbon of the third.

No motto.


As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Charles III, he used the crest:


Four ostrich feathers Azure, Or, Argent and Azure

Torse: Or, Argent and Azure

Mantling: Or lined per pale Azure and Argent

Armes François Mitterrand (Ordre du Seraphin).svgCoat of Arms of François Mitterrand (Order of Isabella the Catholic).svg François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic from 1981 to 1995.

May have been related to an armigerous family.

Assumed on his being admitted to the Order of the Seraphim:

Azure, a Tree eradicated Or

No motto.

As a Knight of the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic; he uses the crest:

A tree Or

Torse: Or and Azure

Mantling: Or lined Azure

Coat of Arms of Jacques Chirac (Order of the Seraphim).svg Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, 1995-2007. Admitted to the Order of the Seraphim on 10 April 2000.

His stallplate as a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim shows the emblem of the French Republic: Or, the letters R and F conjoined Or

Supporter: A fasces Or

-all surrounded by to the dexter, a sprig of laurel Or, and to the sinister, a sprig of oak Or, and the Collar of the Order of the Seraphim.

No motto.


Coat of Arms of Nicolas Sarkozy (Golden Fleece Variant).svgBlason président Sarkozy.svg Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, 2007-2012.

Ancestral arms: Gules, on a Mount Vert a Wolf rampant Proper, holding in its dexter paw a Sabre Or

Crest: A Wolf rampant Proper, holding in its dexter paw a Sabre Or

Torse: Or, Azure and Gules

Mantling: to the dexter, Or lined Azure, and to the sinister, Or lined Gules.

No motto.

Coat of Arms of François Hollande (Order of the Seraphim).svg François Hollande, President of the French Republic, 2012–2017.

His stallplate as a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim shows a similar representation to that of former President Chirac; with differences:


Argent, the letters R and F conjoined Gules

Supporter: A fasces Argent

-all surrounded by to the dexter, a sprig of laurel Azure, and to the sinister, a sprig of oak Gules, and the Collar of the Order of the Seraphim.

No motto.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, 2017–present.

No arms known.


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