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Send us large sums of money or you'll never see your unity again. The French have their collective shorts in le knot over a unity logo adopted by the European Union to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the union. Some critics have said the logo, a colorful jumble of letters that spell 'together', evokes a ransom note rather than a logo. The French, being the French, object to the use of English.

France has sent a stiff complaint to Brussels about the European Union’s choice of logo to commemorate its 50th birthday next year.

The offending image, a child-like rendition of the English word together, does nothing to serve the cause of European unity, the French Government claims.

Their objections come after a shower of rude comment throughout Europe about the logo, which was chosen at a cost of €200,000 (£134,000) last month by a jury of experts from EU institutions and member states. The winning entry from among 1,700 submissions was the work of a Polish art student. A common gibe on the internet is that the jumbled letters evoke a ransom note more than festive celebration of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. The full slogan says: “Together since 1957”.

In a letter to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EU Commission, Catherine Colonna, the French Minister for Europe, said: “The logo creates a problem. The message of European unity is not there because each logo is different.” She was referring to plans for each country to produce a version in its own language.

So to overcome French objections the logo will now have a version for every single member state. Celebrate unity the French way! Spit on your neighbors!

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