You may have seen it in the press, on cartoons or even dotted around the street art of the city of lights itself. But what exactly is the meaning of Fluctuat nec Mergitur and where exactly did the motto come from?
Well, the phrase is actually latin and it literally translates to ‘she is tossed but not sunk’- the word ‘she’ referring to the beautiful city of lights itself. The earliest recorded use of this motto by the city of Paris was in 1358 when it is believed to have been used by a very powerful organisation known as the Guild of Boatsmen along the river Seine.
At this time, boat was the most effective mode of transport and access to the open sea was mandatory for trade, travel and international relations.
The logo was not made official until Haussmann in the mid 1800s when it began being used more frequently and is now in use on government buildings, town halls and monuments around the city. It is also on the Parisian coat of arms.
Comprising of a boat out on the open sea, underlined by the French motto, the logo also incorporates the iconic French colours of red white and blue.
Fluctuat Nec Mergitur – Tossed But Not Sunk
France Travel Information
France uses the Euro (€)
The main language spoken in France is French. Though you can get by with English is more touristic places, it’s always a good idea to learn some of the local language. Bring along a simple phrasebook like this one to help make your travels easier.
The capital of France is Paris. For more information and inspiration, check out our best Paris travel tips.
France uses plug types, types C and E. As such, if you’re travelling from the UK, USA, Canada, and many other destinations, you’ll need to buy an adapter. I recommend buying a universal travel adapter that you can use for multiple destinations (rather than buying a new adaptor for each place you visit).
As one of the most popular destinations in the world, you should always consider booking your accommodation well ahead of time. Check out this website for price comparison details and detailed reviews.
Be careful with your belongings. I also highly advise to avoid wearing a backpack and to instead opt for a crossbody bag like these ones. I personally use a crossbody bag by this brand and love its shape, size, and versatility.