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The “Phryges” were unveiled by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday, the historic headgear was a symbol of freedom, it said in a statement. The mascot for the Paralympics differs from its Olympic counterpart only in its running prosthesis.
Our mascots do not represent animals, but an ideal.
OC chief Tony Estanguet said of the decision that the Phrygian cap was “known around the world” and “in art, on town halls and on stamps”. “We wanted mascots that could embody our vision and share it with the French and the world. Our mascots do not represent animals, but an ideal,” Estanguet says of the cap.
Marianne, a symbol of the French Revolution, also wears such a cap. “We want the mascots to embody the French spirit,” OK said. One eye of each mascot is draped with two ribbons in the colors of the French flag in a cockade style.
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