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Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France
Département : Rhône
Origin/meaningThe lion is a canting symbol for the city, and has been used on the seals of the city since the 13th century. The chief of France was granted by King Philippe V in 1320. The arms have not changed since.
The city has since 1949 the right to use the chain of the Légion d'honneur around the shield. The city also uses the motto "avant avant lion le melhor"
The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
The arms on a trade card from Félix Potin
The arms on a postcard by Barré Dayez
The arms on a postcard by Kroma
The arms on a British tobacco card from around 1906
The arms on a postcard by Maurice Jacquez
The arms on a postcard from the 1990s
The arms on a stamp
Literature : Tricou et al., 1963