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Derek
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« on: April 27, 2004, 04:11:14 am »

It looks to me as though the Matra logo is a rooster or chicken.  Am I correct?  And, if so, why was this symbol chosen?

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004, 02:22:54 pm »

French symbol
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004, 02:24:06 pm »

There is also the other logo representing a rocket because of the military activities of Matra  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2004, 07:32:49 am »

Roosters/Chickens are symbols of France?  I did not know this.  What is the reason behind this?

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2004, 09:28:56 am »

http://www.archives.premier-ministre.gouv.fr/juppe_version1/HIST/COQ.HTM
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2004, 01:45:09 am »

Merci, Spyros, mais mon francais est pauvre.  I thank you for teaching me something today.  I am ashamed I did not know this earlier.  I had always considered the Fleur d'lis to be the traditional symbol of France.  Typical American, right?

Anyway, I guess this effectively ends this string.  I enjoyed learning from it.

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2004, 08:17:51 am »

Hi Derek,

The Lys flower is the symbol of the French royalty. Something they shortened...
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2004, 08:47:28 am »

As I understand it the background for the cockerel/Le Coq, as a symbol of France is that the Latin word “gallus” has two meanings i.e. cockerel/rooster and Gaelic. So if you speak Latin: France and the Coq is one and the same thing.
According to www.motorlegend.com Matra the used the Le Coq logo on their race cars as a supplement to the other Matra logo which symbolizes a missile.
However my Bagheera form 1974 has Le Coq logo on the dial of the  sppd-o-meter not in colour but in white lines on a black background and with MATRA printed beneath it.
Does anyone know if Le Coq can be found on any other MATRA production cars?
Regards Hans
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2004, 11:14:38 am »

On the 530.
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