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Marianne: the iconic image of the French woman chosen to be the first feminine face of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

What do you see when you look closely at the logo chosen by Paris 2024? At first glance, you see a torch representing the Olympic spirit. And then, looking closer, a woman’s lips, hair, and a stylish face appear. Marianne is an allegory of freedom and strength, embodied by numerous French female figures throughout the last centuries. She is the national symbol of the Republic since the Revolution and she embodies the national motto of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

Marianne an emblematic figure of France around the world

Marianne is a universal symbol embodied by iconic and influential women. She lends a human face to the Olympic Games, standing for the people and with the people. She symbolizes women’s emancipation and a strong signal that sport and its governing bodies are finally evolving.

Throughout history figures like Joséphine de Beauharnais, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve, Loulou de la Falaise or Inès de la Fressange have embodied Marianne. Provocative yet chic, extravagant but never “too much” – these women scorn trends while effortlessly appropriating them…manipulating them. They give equal importance to sophistication and transgression, creating their own style as they turn Paris into their runway.

Fashion dominates the provincials, but Parisian women dominate fashion.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Want to know more about Marianne?

Join a tour to discover Modern Paris, before or after your Olympic Games hospitality experience. Visit trendy cafes, leading designer boutiques, breathtaking rooftops, and traditional ateliers.

Our Cité de la Mode et du Design guided tour will give you the keys to unlock the secrets of Marianne and French women’ secrets.