The flag of France was adopted on May 17, 1853. The flag is a tricolor flag that contains three vertical bands which are colored, blue, white and red. The colors blue and red are the colors of Paris and white was the color of the Bourbon Dynasty. They are often associated with the ideas of the French Revolution like liberty, equality and fraternity. The colors are also said to represent the three Ancients Regime. The blue represents the bourgeoisie, the white stands for the clergy and the red symbolizes nobility.