Last modified: 2005-12-24 by ivan sache
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Flag seen during the 1 May 2002 demonstration in Paris - Image by Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2005
On 2 May 2002, the Público newspaper had in its front page a call to an article about the huge 1-million people demonstration in Paris against Le Pen that took place the day before. The main illustration was a group of three young men, most probably Maghrebine, on a statue flying a big French flag with a black heart in the center. The flag's proportions are about 5:9.
Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2005
The presidential elections showed M. Chirac as winner and M. Le Pen as runner-up, while the Socialist candidate was only third. In the second round of the elections M. Chirac and M. Le Pen were the only candidate, and there was between the two rounds a nationwide appeal to voters not to vote for Le Pen, an appeal mainly to people who ordinarily wouldn't dream of voting Chirac.
Jarig Bakker, 6 May 2005
The statue is the allegory of the Republic erected on Place de la République.The black heart might recall the black hand used on stickers (and maybe on home-made flag) by the movement SOS Racisme when they launched the campaign Touche pas à mon pote (Don't touch my buddy) in the late 1980s. The campaign started when Le Pen's FN started its ascension. Since SOS Racism was often seen as an organization managed by the Socialist Party, the use of a heart might be more neutral than the use of the hand.
Ivan Sache, 9 May 2005