Fluctuat nec mergitur

from Coat of Arms of Paris



It means "(The boat) is tossed (by the waves) but does not sink" in Latin. A state or city is often compared to a ship, and Paris also has long adorned the coat of arms with a sailboat and adopted this phrase as a motto. At the fire of Notre Dame Cathedral, mayor Anne Hidalgo also called on the Parisians to get over this "pain" at any cost on Twitter, quoting this phrase. By the way, she is from Spain and is the first female mayor in Paris.


"May 28  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"