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Canada has a beaver, the United States has an eagle, the United Kingdom has a lion. But why does France have a rooster? The origin of this emblem dates back to the Roman era. It is a play on the word on gallus (Latin for rooster) and Gallus (Gallic). With time, the French kings adopted the rooster as a symbol of courage and bravery. Napoleon preferred the eagle, the symbol of imperial Rom, but the raptor was soon shooed away from France. Today, the French rooster is also on jerseys of French football, rugby and handball teams and on the shirts of Olympic athletes…
“Cocorico !” (French for “cock-a-doodle-doo”) is often used as an affirmation of French patriotism. And in your country, what is the national emblem?
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