France objects to Waterloo euro coin

(BURSA ESKORT) — The two euro coin A new design for a €2 coin featuring a map of a European battle is proving divisive in Brussels The design shows an image of the Lion Hill memorial at Waterloo near Brussels It was submitted by Belgium to commemorate the battle fought there on 18 June 1815

But one member of the European Union thinks it is in rather poor taste In a letter of objection the French government argues the design contains a negative symbol for some Europeans The letter contends that the Battle of Waterloo in which Napoleon was defeated is an event with particular resonance in the European collective memory and goes beyond being just an instance of military conflict

The coins could prompt an unfavourable reaction in France the letter warns at just the time that eurozone governments are trying to strengthen unity and co-operation Not everyone agrees that Waterloo is laden with so much meaning in the 21st Century reports the BBCs Chris Morris in Brussels

One diplomat expressed surprise that two centuries later a proposal for some loose change with an image of a hill on it can cause such a fuss in Paris our correspondent adds Belgium must now decide whether it is willing to withdraw or amend the design

If it chooses to stick with it as it is there will be a majority vote among members of the eurozone on whether the new coin should be minted