I found this symbol in the movie "The Day of the Jackal (1973)" opening scenes.

cross with two horizontal bars, the upper one shorter than the lower

What is it called in English?

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  • It is also a typographical symbol called the double dagger: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagger_(typography) – Lambie May 29 '17 at 17:52
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it has nothing to do with English. – tchrist May 29 '17 at 18:17
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    @Lambie - I doubt it refers to a doble dagger, anyway that would have a more recent origin compared to the original cross. The Day of the Jackal " A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. .... The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol General Charles de Gaulle used during his lifetime. – user66974 May 29 '17 at 18:45
  • @Josh Perhaps not but a double dagger is about English whereas the Cross of Lorraine is about the French. :) – Lambie May 29 '17 at 18:49
  • @tchrist In what way it is off-topic even image identification exist here? – The Hawk May 30 '17 at 0:47

It is called the Cross of Lorraine:

  • The Cross of Lorraine (French: Croix de Lorraine) was originally a heraldic cross. The two-barred cross consists of a vertical line crossed by two shorter horizontal bars.

  • In most renditions, the horizontal bars are "graded" with the upper bar being the shorter, though variations with the bars of equal length are also seen. The Lorraine name has come to signify several cross variations, including the patriarchal cross with its bars near the top.


  • The Cross of Lorraine came from the Kingdom of Hungary to the Duchy of Lorraine. In Hungary, Béla III was the first monarch to use the two-barred cross as the symbol of royal power in the late 12th century. He probably adopted it from the Byzantine Empire, according to historian Pál Engel.


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    It was used to crucify those rare persons who were born with an extra set of arms. – Senex Ægypti Parvi May 29 '17 at 23:32

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