There's a French name for the sort of over-combed hair style depicted in the ensign above. It's called une coiffure banane. The sign is one among many that dress up the ancient fortified French Brittany village of Moncontour, classified as one of the most beautiful of France, as well as a Petite Cité de Caractère.
Coiffer quelqu'un sur le poteau: to win a competition by a hair; the word coiffer here means to depass someone just at the finish, the expression having its origin at the race tracks where the winning horse's head is the first to pass the finish line marked by a post
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