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Euro-Breton flags (Brittany, France)

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Keywords: breizh | stars: 12 (yellow) | letters: bzh (white) | ermines: 11 (yellow) | european union | gwenn-ha-du |
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The European Gwenn-ha-Du

[European Breton flag]

Breton flags with the European colours - Image by Michel Bolloré & Ivan Sache, 27 February 2001

A Gwenn-ha-Du with black replaced by yellow and white replaced by blue was spotted in Rennes, as reported in Ar Banniel [arb], #6 (Summer 1998), p. 20.

Ivan Sache, 27 February 2001

The EuroBreton flag

[EuroBreton flag]

EuroBreton flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 July 2003

The EuroBreton flag has white letters BZH inside the ring of stars of the European Union flag. The EuroBreton flag was presented by Michel Bolloré, who is, however, not the designer of the flag, in Ar Banniel[arb], #12 (Summer 2000).
BZH stands for Breizh, the Breton name of Brittany. In fact, the name Breizh is a compromise between Breiz (KLT - Cornwall-Léon-Trégor - phonetic spelling) and Breih (Vannes phonetic spelling). The letters BZH appear on all kinds of car stickers and other items related to Brittany.
The word Breizh is more and more frequently used, for instance in the Tro Breiz (Tour of Brittany), the traditional Breton pilgrimage via the seven saints' cathedrals (St. Brieuc in St. Brieuc ; St. Malo in St. Malo ; St. Samson in Dol-de-Bretagne ; St. Patern in Vannes ; St. Corentin in Quimper ; St. Pol-Aurélien in St. Pol-de-Léon ; St. Tugdual in Tréguier); in Radio Bleue Breizh Izel, the regional radio station ; in Coop Breizh, a company distributing Breton books, music, flags...

Ivan Sache, 26 July 2003

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