The flag of the European Union, which was hoisted in Paris a few days ago in connection with the start of France’s presidency of the European Union, was removed after criticism from a number of politicians.
At present, neither the European nor the French flag is hoisted under the arches, the report said, citing TASS.
According to political analysts, the national flag is hoisted under the Victory Arch at the most important moments. When France last chaired the European Union in 2008, the European flag was planted alongside the French flag.
The hoisting of the EU flag under the Arc de Triomphe on 31 December has drawn criticism from French political circles. MP Marin Le Pen sent a complaint to the State Council of the Republic, pointing out the inadmissibility of replacing the French flag with the European flag.
Valerie Pekres, who represents the center-right Republican Party in parliament, called on French President Emmanuel Macron to return the state flag.