Where does come from?
The French flag is a tricolor of blue, white, and red. The colors reach back to the Middle Ages, but the flag was first used by the Parisian militia in 1789 and modified as the official flag of France in 1794—then released in emoji form in 2015 under Unicode’s Emoji 1.0.
Across platforms, the flag for France emoji displays as the country’s tricolor, sometimes depicted as waving slightly, as we see on Apple and Samsung. On older devices, the flag displays as FR, its country code.
Who uses ?
On social media, French people use the flag for France emoji to signal or express pride in their national identity.
Proud of my country 🇫🇷 #5ansMariagePourTous 5 years ago, marriage for everyone wasn’t allowed! I’m happy that it changed, everyone’s allowed to love who they want, to mary who they want and be happy ❤ love always win ❤💛💚💙💜 pic.twitter.com/U0jZeeMPMA
— Ely 🏳️🌈🌹 (ia bc exams😭) (@stylinson_ely28) April 22, 2018
Across the web, the emoji frequently marks content dealing with French sports, politics, culture, and language.
3⃣2⃣DAYS TO GO! 🏆🇷🇺
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) May 13, 2018
France is consistently one of the most, if not the top, visited countries in the world, so it’s no surprise many people load up their vacation pictures with the flag for France emoji.
— BD (@bcessay) May 14, 2018
And, the wine, cheese, bread, and chocolate associated with France are often paired with the flag for France emoji, too.
The French DNA. #WorldEmojiDay
— French Words (@frenchwords) July 17, 2016