La Maison Francaise – ‘Friendship between America and France’ -Rockefeller Center - NYC The gilded bronze panel ‘Friendship between America and France’ is by Alfred Jannoit. At the top on the prows of sailing ships are two figures with Paris on the left. On the banner to the left of Paris is inscribed the motto of Paris. ‘Fluctuat nec mergiture’ (Latin for ‘It floats but never sinks.’) New York is on the right with a cityscape behind her. The figures join hands. It is an allegory.