Why do the French and American flags share the same colors? Is it a coincidence? No one knows who designed these two flags, but there are a few clues.
For the thirteen original colonies marked by British culture, and whose officers, most notably George Washington, had served in the occupying army, blue, white and red were already familiar shades used to rally the troops. The American flag can thus be understood as a modified version of the British flag. As Talleyrand, the French foreign minister, wrote a few years later: “These Americans are just Englishmen; we were wrong to help them!” Talleyrand bitterly regretted that the United States had resumed commercial relations with the English at a time when the French had established a continental blockade.
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