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Le Vésinet (Municipality, Yvelines, France)

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[Flag of Le Vésinet]by Arnaud Leroy

Source: Mairie du Vésinet

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Presentation of the city

Le Vésinet is a plush city located west of Paris. The city has c. 15,000 inhabitants, called Vésigondins.

The French componer and organist Jehan Alain (1911-1940), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, closed to Le Vésinet, hold the organ in one of the churches of Le Vésinet. Since his death in the beginning of the Second World War, his sister Marie-Claire has not stopped editing, promoting and playing her brother's works, which are among the most original organ works of the XXth century. Marie-Claire Alain is also famous for her excellent interpretations of French organ music, e.g. Saint-Saëns' Symphony with Organ and Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and String Orchestra.

The philosoph Alain (a.k.a. Emile Chartier, 1868-1951), not related to the organist, lived in Le Vesinet from 1917 to his death. Alain's philosophy, easy to read and understand but not simplistic, is a pleasant mix of Cartesian humanism and Socratic irreverence.

Ivan Sache, 18 January 2002

Description of the flag

The flag of Le Vésinet is white with the municipal coat of arms surmonted with the name of the city.

Ivan Sache, 18 January 2002