Marianne, the symbol for France, has had many faces, including Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, and Laetitia Casta. In sculpture, painting, and other forms, she represents la République. This Delacroix painting is probably one of the best-known images.
With each new presidency comes a new image for the Marianne French stamp. La Poste has just made public the image of the new stamp, designed by artist Yves Beaujard, which will be available for sale on July 1, 2008.
Hmmm. I wonder. Are the stars encircling her head referring to Dom Perignon? Or perhaps cozier Franco-American friendship?
I love stamps, so I thought I share the earlier Mariannes with you, too.
Meanwhile, the cost for sending letters within France has gone up from 54 centimes to 55 centimes, effective today. Time to go to your neighborhood Banque Postale and buy some one-centime add-ons!