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Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine (Municipality, Loire-Atlantique, France)

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[Flag of Saint-Fiacre]by Arnaud Leroy

Source: Mairie de Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine

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Presentation of the city

Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine is a village of c. 1,000 inhabitants, located 20 km south-east of Nantes, on a small hill dominating the rivers Sèvre et Maine. This Sèvre is the Sèvre Nantaise, which joins the river Loire in Nantes, as opposed to the Sèvre Niortaise. These two Sèvres gave their name to the department of Deux-Sèvres. This Maine is not the short river Maine made by the confluency of the rivers Loir, Mayenne and Sarthe in Angers, but a small river which joins the Sèvre Nantaise.

The main activity in Saint-Fiacre is wine-growing. With 410 ha of vineyards for a total area of 597 ha, Saint-Fiacre is the French municipality with the highest proportion of vineyards. White wine produced there belongs to the excellent Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine variety.

Saint Fiacre was an Irish monk who died in France in 670. He is the saint patron of gardeners and often represented with a spade. This monk also gave indirectly his name to a kind of cab called fiacre and was the saint patron of the fiacre drivers. The first cab company in Paris was located on St. Fiacre's Street and was named after the street.

Ivan Sache, 22 August 2002

Description of the flag

The elements of the flag of Saint-Fiacre are two ermine spots for Brittany, a grape and a grapevine leaf, and two grapevine branches flanking the shield. The motto on the scroll reads Saint-Fiacre au coeur de Sèvre-et-Maine (Saint-Fiacre, in the heart of Sèvre-et-Maine).

The green triangle might symbolize the hill on which the village is built or the vineyard located between the two rivers represented by the white triangles.

Ivan Sache, 22 August 2002