Red faces in France over Paris Olympic mascots made in China

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mittee Head Quarters, Saint-Denis, France - November 11, 2022. Picture taken November 11, 2022 General view as the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic mascots the Phryges are unveiled

General view as the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic mascots the Phryges are unveiled on November 11, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The choice by Paris 2024 Olympics organizers of a cuddly red Phrygian cap as the Games’ mascot is proving a harder sell than expected, after critics pounced on the fact that most will be made in China — and others couldn’t help seeing a symbol of feminine sexuality.

Unveiled on Monday, the plump red triangles named the Phryges are meant to evoke the French Revolution, when anti-monarchists wore the cap that is nowadays seen on the Marianne icon of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in nearly all public buildings.

“The Phrygian cap is a symbol of liberty,” Tony Estanguet, a canoeing champion who is president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, told reporters.

But even though two French toymakers got the contract, the Paris Olympics…

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