The cockerel : French symbol

cockerel

Ok, everybody knows this is the Chinese year of the rooster but it is also the French national symbol…why ?  Here is a bit of history :

THE FRENCH ROOSTER

In the Middle Ages, the Gallic Rooster was widely used as a religious symbol, the sign of hope and faith. It was during the Renaissance that the rooster began to be associated with the emerging French nation. Under the Valois and the Bourbon kings, the royal effigy was often accompanied by this animal, meant to stand for France, in engravings and on coins.
Although still a minor emblem, the rooster could be found at both the Louvre and Versailles.