France removes EU flag from Arc de Triomphe after right-wing outrage
03 January 2022 | 7:08 am
Officials took down a temporary European Union flag at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after it drew fury from conservatives and the far right. The flag was intended to mark the start of France's six-month EU presidency.
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