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Poitou-Charentes (Region, France)

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[Flag of the Region]

Flag of Region Poitou-Charentes - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 April 2005

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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

Flag of the Region

Region Poitou-Charentes has recently adopted a new logotype, immediatly put on a white field to make a flag.
The flag can be seen behind the President of the Region, Ms. Ségolène Royal, on a photo taken on 8 April 2005 in Nanteuil.

The new logotype was designed on the model of the former one, which can be seen in the lower fly of the former flag.
The region is shown in orange on a map of France. The diagonal curved stripe represents the Arc Atlantique, uniting the regions of Western Europe. The meaning of the two curved horizontal lines is not known.
The logotype was designed by the public relations department of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes. It shows "the wish of openmindedness and solidarity, and the dynamics of grass-roots change".

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 17 April 2005

A variant of the Region's flag (photos), with a light blue background instead of white and the lettering white instead of blue, was used in August 2010 in Le Havre during the Yachting Youth French Championship.

Ivan Sache, 16 October 2010

Former flags of the Region


Flag of the Region, 1993-2004 - image by Philippe-Pierre Darras, 7 May 1998

The flag is diagonally divided blue over green by a curved red stripe, with the logo of the Region in the lower right corner. The name of the Region is written in white capital letters on the top of the flag. The flag, adopted in 1993, had the dimensions 1 m x 1.50 m and 1.50 m x 2.25 m.

The flag symbolizes the strength of the "Atlantic Arch" uniting the regions of Western Europe. Green stands for the land, blue for the ocean, and their being used together recalls the "Marais poitevin", one of the region's natural features. Red stands for sunset.

Pascal Vagnat & Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999

Franciae Vexilla [frv] (#9) describes two other, older flags of the Region, communicated by Annette Dufour, PR officer of the Regional Council (26 September 1991).

[First flag of Poitou-Charentes regional council]

Former flag of the Region - Image by Jaume Ollé, 6 May 1998

This flag was created by the Doublet flag manufacturer, using a logo designed by the Clin d'Œil agency.

[Flag of Poitou-Charentes regional council, 1987]

Former flag of the Region - Image by Jaume Ollé, 6 May 1998

A new logo designed by the Chantal de Lassus agency was adopted on 10 July 1987. The flag was created by the Festa flag manufacturer.

Jaume Ollé, 6 May 1998.