Updating the triad “liberty, equality, fraternity”: the search of a consensus over a new motto

The communication discusses the nowadays importance of citizenship as a way of building or reinforcing a sense of belonging in a democratic and pluralist society and as a way of revisiting the “social contract” doctrines.
The solution is to turn constitutional legitimacy into a double pattern, both constitutive and declarative and as a project that accounts the foundational act as a continuous process throughout generations. The focus on today's citizenship, more than mere acceptance or rejection of personal links, is intended to reinforce fidelity to values of fundamental order. This is particularly important, at a time when the perception of the legitimacy of political representation is questioned. And we will argue that those values are perhaps nowadays different form the one enshrined in the three parted motto of the French Liberal Revolution.