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Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (France)

Collectivité territoriale de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

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[France]by Zeljko Heimer

Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon is a Territorial Community of France and the only proper national flag is that of France.


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Local flag

Local flag of Saint Pierre and Miquelon]by Pierre Gay

Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon is a Territorial Community of France and the only proper national flag is that of France. This was recently confirmed to me by a friend who originated from there. Because of their vicinity to Canada the islanders are very proud of their French identity. The coat-of-arms and flag of Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon exist, as in other French towns, but together with (and under) French symbols.

Armand Noel du Payrat, 31 March 1998

The flag is divided in three equal vertical parts, overall proportion is 2:3.

Along the hoist are (from top to bottom):

This stands for the origins of the population of the Territorial Community.

In the main field is the ship that brought them there.
It is said on the French Overseas Ministry's site that this archipelago was already known to the Basque fishermen and hunters long before its official discovery by Portuguese navigator José Alvarez Faguendes on 19 October 1520. Jacques Cartier took possession of the islands for the French Crown in 1535.

Pierre Gay, 23 December 1998


Local coat of arms

[Coat of arms]

The arms shown on dexter chief (upper left corner) is the Zazpiak Bat or arms of the six territories which Basque nationalists consider to have Basque heritage. However the version on the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon arms is a pre-1936 one, still bearing the "attributes of monarchical or lordly institutions and of fratricidal fights among Basques" which were removed in the 1936 arms.

Santiago Dotor, 11 September 2002

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