The French flag has 3 primary colors, which are blue, white and red.
The table below has the common and popular codes of these colors in HEX, RGB and CMYK formats along with Pantone (PMS), RAL and NCS (Natural Color System). Please note that HEX and RGB codes are to be used for digital works and web pages (including HTML and CSS) while the CMYK values are for printers.
The France flag is known as Tricolore.
There are two variants of the French flag in equal use - a lighter and a darker version. Though both are equally important, the lighter version, which was introduced in 1976 by President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, is more common in digital media while the darker version is considered more official. Both these flags have three equal-sized vertical stripes of blue, white and red.
Various symbolisms have been assigned to the three colors in the French Tricolore. The most popular, and the one mentioned on the official web site, is that the blue and red colors come from the coat of arms of the city of Paris and white was the color of the king. The blue and red are also attributed to the Virgin Mary, the patroness of France. It is also suggested that blue and red represents Saint Martin and Saint Denis, respectively, while white comes from ancient French culture. A simpler (?) symbolism is offered with blue, white and red being representative of the bourgeoisie, clergy and the nobility.
The three colors of in the flag of France are sometimes referred to as cornflower, marguerite and poppy.
Color Names & Codes of the French Flag
RGB 0, 35, 149
CMYK 100, 80, 0, 0
RGB 255, 255, 255
CMYK N. A.
RAL N. A.
RGB 237, 41, 57
CMYK 0, 100, 100, 0
What are the official colors of the French flag?
The official colors in the flag of France are Blue A 503, White A 665 and Red A 805. They have been specified with the AFNOR standard NFX 08002.
What is the meaning of colors in the France flag?
Blue, white and red, the three colors in the French flag, stand for bourgeoisie, clergy and nobility, respectively. Also, specially in case of state flags, the meaning associated with the colors are generally endorsed by an official charter. However, at times the symbolism is simply understood by being descended from the culture of the land or has seeped so deeply into customs that, now, the two are inextricably linked. Please also note that there can be more than one meaning for the colors in the France flag.