Why French pharmacy crosses are always green?

Green for pharmacies was introduced to eradicate confusion with the Red Cross

Did you know?

It is easy to find a pharmacy in France. Just look for the Green Cross.

But why a cross? And why green? It was registered as one of the two symbols for exclusive use by pharmacies in 1984.

The second symbol is a snake twisting round a bowl on a stem which was first adopted by the Conseil Supérieur de la Pharmacie in 1942.

The green cross was originally coloured red on ...

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