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Poitou-Charentes (Region, France)

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Administrative data

Departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne
Bordering Regions: Aquitaine, Centre, Limousin, Pays de la Loire
Traditional provinces: Angoumois, Saintonge, Poitou, Aunis

Area: 25,809 km2
Population (1995): 1,619,100 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Poitiers


Current flag of the Region

[Poitou-Charentes]by Philippe-Pierre Darras

The flag is green and blue separated on the diagonal by a curved red stripe. The logo appears in the right lower corner. On the left corner there is the name of the region in white. The flag was adopted in 1993. Its proportions are 1 x 1,50 m or 1,50 x 2,25 m.

Source: Flag plate of the Conseil Régional de Poitou-Charentes.

Pascal Vagnat, 7 May 1998

The flag symbolizes the strength of the 'Arc Atlantique' uniting the regions of Western Europe. Green stands for the land, blue for the ocean, and their being used together recalls the 'Marais poitevin' (the marshes of Poitou), one of the region's natural features. Red stands for sunsets.

Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999


Former flags of the Regional Council

The history of the flags of the Poitou Charente Regional Council was published in Franciae Vexilla [frv] (number 9) and the flag shown above is not referred to. The flags described are the following:

[First flag of Poitou-Charentes regional council]by Jaume Ollé

This flag was created by the manufacturer Doublet and was based on a logo designed by the Clin d'Oeil agency. The description was communicated by Annette Dufour, attaché de presse of the regional council.

[Flag of Poitou-Charentes regional council, 1987]by Jaume Ollé

A new logo designed by the Chantal de Lassus agency was adopted on 10 July 1987. The flag was created by the manufacturer Festa. Source: a second communication from Annette Dufour, dated 26 September 1991.

Jaume Ollé, 6 May 1998.

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