red, white and blue or Franco-Frenchy — French expression
bleu blanc rouge – blue white red. These three colors happen to also be the colors of many other flags, including the American flag. In English, the colors of the flag are switched: red white and blue should be ‘rouge blanc et bleu’. However, it’s translated as ” bleu blanc rouge (blue white red) in French.
Sometimes when bleu blanc rouge is used as an adjective, it’s a French expression that means ‘very French’, or even ‘excessively French’. It has a negative undertone. I like to translate it as ‘Franco-Frenchy’.
- « T’as pas peur que toutes ces Tours Eiffel dans la pièce, ça fasse pas un peu trop bleu blanc rouge ? »
- “Aren’t you afraid that all these Eiffel towers in the room make the ambiance a bit too Franco-Frenchy?”