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Just curious what that's all about or if there's any significant meaning here. My understanding is that it is used to show a strong affiliation with the French monarchy.

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    $\begingroup$ My guess is that it just looks nice. (But that's exactly what I would say if I were trying to cover up our strong ties to the French monarchy.) $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Apr 26 '12 at 22:46
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    $\begingroup$ @QiaochuYuan Il sait! Tuez-le! $\endgroup$ – Pedro Tamaroff Apr 26 '12 at 23:17
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    $\begingroup$ Secretly, it's because all of MSE pays homage to my blog ;p (which also has random fleur de lis) $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Apr 26 '12 at 23:45
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    $\begingroup$ This is a question for Jin, I believe... $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Apr 27 '12 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ From Wikipedia: Some modern usage of the fleur-de-lis reflects "the continuing presence of heraldry in everyday life", often intentionally, but also when users are not aware that they are "prolonging the life of centuries-old insignia and emblems". $\endgroup$ – Pedro Tamaroff Apr 27 '12 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ @QiaochuYuan: I think you are just using the French monarchy as a cover for the real secret society that is behind this... $\endgroup$ – Arturo Magidin Apr 27 '12 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ You might want to tag this question with design, to draw the attention from Jin, who designed most of the SE sites. $\endgroup$ – user9733 Apr 27 '12 at 5:41
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    $\begingroup$ Dear @Peter: congratulations for your syntax. Few French students of your age know that there is a hyphen between "tuez" and "le". But I definitely do not condone your savage project for our friend Qiaochu's fate :-) $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Apr 27 '12 at 12:59
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    $\begingroup$ I think more people would associate the symbol with the Scouting movement than with French monarchs. (Also, my impression is that heraldic fleurs-de-lis tend to be taller than they are wide, whereas the Scouting ones are usually lower -- as is the separator graphic here). $\endgroup$ – hmakholm left over Monica May 1 '12 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ @HenningMakholm Scouting movement? What? $\endgroup$ – Incognito May 1 '12 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Incognito: Um, here. $\endgroup$ – hmakholm left over Monica May 1 '12 at 0:51
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    $\begingroup$ So, does this question have an answer? (I guess this is a bump) $\endgroup$ – Cole Johnson Apr 12 '13 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ I was just curious about this myself! $\endgroup$ – snulty Aug 7 '16 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ Alpha phi omega is my guess $\endgroup$ – Adam May 16 '18 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ But it has a really long list of affiliations including the Israeli secret service on wikipedia $\endgroup$ – Adam May 16 '18 at 12:47

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