The Great Arms of the City of Paris have told many stories since 1358, but perhaps most importantly of all, a story of continuity over 650 years of troubles and dramatic changes.
The motto of the city, Fluctuat nec mergitur, is usually translated into English as ‘She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink’, or in French ‘Est battu par les flots mais jamais ne sombre’. Its a story of resilience, and a perfect reminder that however gloomy and scary the times may seem now, a great city always rises again.
See and reflect upon the Arms of one of the world’s great cities. We are all in that boat. Paris will never sink.