Stamp with new Marianne to go on sale
A new stamp with an updated version of the French symbol Marianne has been unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron ahead of its nationwide release on Monday July 23.
The stamp bears a new image of Marianne, designed by street artist Yseult Yz (real name Yseult Digan).
Marianne is the national symbol of the French Republic, and often seen as the "personification of liberty, democracy and reason".
The image - which has been variously described as “determined” and “Millennial” - was chosen by Mr Macron, from a choice of eight designs.
The winning design depicts Marianne in profile, with ringlets of hair streaming behind her, as she wears the traditional “Phrygian cap of liberty” and rosette.
She will be the 30th depiction of Marianne to appear on a French stamp.
Mr Macron made his choice during a visit to the Dordogne on Thursday (July 19), while visiting the stamp printers at Boulazac.
Already, 300 million stamps have been printed, and will be ready for sale across the country on Monday (July 23).
During his visit, the President also unveiled a mural of the Marianne design painted on the side of a building in Bas-Toulon in Périgueux, to commemorate the new stamps.
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