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It is basically a yellow triangle drawn inside a dark blue square. Two people occupy the triangle. They walk along the road and don't show any intention to cross over to the other side. We see them from behind and not from aside like in the more modern type of signs (†).
The most peculiar feature is that the pedestrians do not walk above or on but in the baseline. The pavement softly retracts and delicately molds around the young feet.
The scene changed entirely. We have now a boy and a girl shown en profil. They both carry a bookbag and wear a coat. That is particularly clear when we look at the boys wearing short pants and sports socks.
The implementation as a rule shows much more detail than today's produce, but the quality ranges between very good and rather sloppy. That is most visible in the faces and in the haircut, which is typical. Other countries (e.g. Spain, Belgium) have their own hairstyle too. Monsieur Jean will gladly show you around.
From the 1970s on, the nice, sweet roadsigns of old were rapidly replaced by the now omnipresent modern tasteless design where the French youth has lost its face and identity. What is the point of fighting for recognition if you let your identity be taken away from and by your roadsigns.
This design (?) is taking over in many other countries (e.g. Senegal, Mali, Morocco, The Azores, and more). The world will soon be flat again.
Someone must have thought, quite rightly, that the tasteless children could not go to school like this. Perhaps an older person nostalgic for the days when school uniforms were still widespread. I think the tie should become standard on every warning sign of this type (category A13a, if this may help).
This is the kind of signs that makes our efforts on the field worthwhile. The sky turns blue, the birds start singing, and the burden of the camera is forgotten. This is what we do it for.
Things are rapidly going downhill in France. In addition to their own modern design, we are now also seeing the modern Mediterranean warning sign popping up — see Malta for a discussion of this group of roadsigns.
Notice that on old Crossing Signs the girl is guided by the boy. In the modern breed she is dragged. This swap occurs in almost all countries during the conversion from old into new.
Because of the text —zone piétone or pedestrian zone— we know that this is not meant as a warning sign for a Children's Crossing. However, the drawing has a certain charm and therefore, in my opinion, the panel merits inclusion on this page.