French try to block Battle of Waterloo coin

The French government is attempting to block a coin commemorating the Battle of Waterloo, claiming it is a “symbol that is negative” and would undermine the unity of the eurozone.

In an extraordinary intervention, France wants to block plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815.

A draft design of the coin was submitted to the Council of the European Union by Belgium, the site of the battle, in February this year.

However, just days letter France objected to the coin, claiming it could cause “hostile reactions in France” and undermine the eurozone.

h/t Dr. J

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This is a much better symbol of the French Republic anyway.
    Put that on the back of a Euro note.

  • Mitchell

    It’s almost as if this “union” of European states don’t really have all that much in common.

    • Frau Katze

      Why, you’d think they positively disliked each other! The French are really touchy. Napoleon was a hero, in their view. Others (including Germans and Russians) have a different take. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture says it all.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    How long before le hand of censorship finds its way to la karaoke machine?……

  • Raymond Cameron

    Britain does not even use the Euro. Why should it be commemorated on a Euro coin?

    • Frances

      The battle was fought in what is now Belgium, and it is this country which requested the commemoration.

      • AlanUK

        In addition, the Prussians (present day Germans) under Field Marshall Blucher played an important role. Napoleon had successfully prevented the union of the British and Prussian armies, the objective being to divide and conquer the two armies consecutively. Just the presence of the Prussian army diverted large numbers of French forces from overwhelming Wellington. The Prussians lost 7000 dead or wounded against 15,000 for the British.
        Wellington called the battle after a village/small town where (IIRC) he stayed on the night before the battle. Blucher wanted to call the battle, “La Belle Alliance”, a farm where Wellington and Blucher met to congratulate each other at the end of the day. The idea was dismissed by Wellington but would have given a fairer summary.
        I wonder what Germany’s view of the commemoration would be?

    • AlanUK

      We could join in and make it a £2 coin …

  • Minicapt

    Come the fifth of May, “Happy Napoleon’s Deathday”.


  • simus1

    Surely a simple compromise will smooth things over.
    A coin depicting Nap fleeing Waterloo in defeat plus the first ever sound module installed in a coin with his little built in voice shouting in French, “I won! I won!” amid the artillery explosions.
    The coins distributed in Britain and Prussia would of course say something more factual like, “Tell that idiot Blucher to step on it, we are just about toast.”

  • WalterBannon

    Maybe instead they should have a coin with Hitler on it, commemorating his victory over Britain in 1972 when the UK signed their surrender and joined the EU aka the Fourth Reich…