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Val-de-Marne (Department, France)

Last modified: 2010-11-12 by ivan sache
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[Flag of the General Council]

Flag of the General Council of Val-de-Marne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 November 2009

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Administrative data

Code: 94
Region: Île-de-France
Traditional province: Île-de-France
Bordering departments: Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine

Area: 245 km2
Population (2009): 1,310,345 inhabitants

Préfecture: Créteil
Sous-préfectures: L'Haÿ-les-Roses, Nogent-sur-Marne
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 49 cantons, 47 communes.

The department is named after river Marne (525 km), tributary of Seine.
The Law of 10 July 1964 on the reorganization of the region of Paris, with effect on 1 January 1968, suppressed the departments of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. The department of Val-de-Marne was made of 29 municipalities from Seine and 18 municipalities from Seine-et-Oise.

Ivan Sache, 15 November 2009

Flag of the General Council

The flag of the General Council of Val-de-Marne, as hoisted over the entrance of collège Saint-Exupéry in Vincennes, is blue with the logo of the department adopted in 2006.

The graphic chart available on the website of the General Council explains that the logo was revamped after "an analysis of the visual environment and a survey of the perception of the former logo by the inhabitants of the department". This thorough study yielded three "invariants":
- the "VM" pictogram, symbolizing both the initials of the department's name and the confluency of rivers Seine and Marne (which is not situated in the neighbouring department of Seine-et-Marne!), placed in a blue cyan cartouche with a very narrow framing. The contrast between the curves of "VM" and the straight frame symbolizes the great diversity of the department and the commitment of public service.
- cyan blue as an identity colour, representing water, a significant element in the environment of the department. Unusual in the urban context, the blue colour shall allow a quick and distinct identification of the General Council.
- a textual design full of meaning, made of a reference to the territory in bold capital letters ("VAL MARNE", in the MAC/VAL font designed for the use of the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de- Marne), of a cursive "de" forming the transition between VAL and MARNE and emphasizing the human dimension of the authority, and of "Conseil général" in italics (Myriad font), emphasizing the public and institutional dimension of the institution.

The colour specifications for cyan blue are Pantone Process Cyan, RVB 0-258-225, RAL 230 60 40, Quadri Cyan 100% and HTML #009EE1.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 17 November 2009