"Fluctuat nec mergitur"
My thoughts and sentiments are now at different places of the world where help and support are needed - not only in Paris - this picture was taken on 3rd January 2014 - and I especially love this view on Notre - Dame from the east-side, but now this side does look so badly destroyed...
"Louis Aragon était tout autant obsédé par Notre-Dame qui représente le cœur de Paris. Il en écrit quelques lignes dans son Aurélien (1944) où il décrit l’île Saint-Louis :
« Il y avait Notre-Dame, tellement plus belle du côté de l'abside que du côté du parvis, et les ponts, jouant à une marelle curieuse, d'arche en arche entre les îles, et là, en face, de la Cité à la rive droite…"
“Fluctuat nec mergitur,” the motto of Paris for centuries, meaning that (it is) tossed about (by the waves but) not sunk/submerged, is now used again as a slogan after the terrible fire in the Cathedral 'Notre- Dame'.
Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin phrase meaning “Tossed but not sunk” and translated as “Elle est agitée par les vagues, et ne sombre pas” in French (literally : “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink“). The motto is part of Paris’ coat of arms which represents a white boat floating on rough waters topped with gold fleurs-de-lys. The traditional colours of Paris are red and blue. The French tricolour flag comprises of the two colours of Paris in addition to the King’s colour (white). The motto is believed to have been used since at least 1358 by the powerful Guild of Boatmen of the River Seine. The motto and the coat of arms were made official some 160 years ago by Baron Haussmann on 24 November 1853. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks in November 2015, the motto became very popular as it was extensively used in social media as a symbol of Paris’ courage against terrorism.
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