Menton is the St. Petersburg, Florida of France. Both cities are full of retirees and citrus (though it’s lemons rather than oranges in Menton.) And their flags are both very bad. I think St. Petersburg might be a little bit worse, but that’s not excuse for the Mentonnais.
Despite this lemon of a flag (too easy?) Menton is a beautiful place, tucked amongst the mountians and Mediterranean, right between Monaco and the Italian border. I’ve actually spent an afternoon in Menton, right after the Lemon Festival – and had a wonderful time.
But back to the flag. Yikes. I get that the yellow angel might be such a vivid shade due to the city’s lemony heritage. That’s a pretty violent angel, though. He’s stabbing at the serpent at his feet with a tri…bi-dent? He’s also ready to strike the death blow with a crooked stick held above his head. If you look closely enough, you can see that he’s wearing a slammin’ dress reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. In a font more boring than Arial, the words DEFENSOR MENTONI are written so that one has to lie on ones side and then roll over to read it without hurting ones neck. Not even Menton’s bad ass defending angel can keep me from savaging this bad flag.