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[Flag of Wallonia]by Mark Sensen

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Description of the flag

The flag of Wallonia is a red rooster on a yellow background. It lifts one of his legs, and faces the hoist.
This flag is used both by the French Community and the Walloon Region.

Filip Van Laenen, 17 September 1995

In Wallonia, the flag is called "le coq hardi".

Pascal Vagnat, 29 November 1995

The rooster shows the kinship of the Walloons to the French (Gallic) rooster, which is singing, head up and beak open.
Initially, the flag should have been decorated with a cravate of the Belgian colours, with the dates 1830 and 1912. This was intended to show that the Walloon Movement was not anti-Belgian. The cravate rapidly disappeared.

Source: M. Lupant [lup98]

This flag is shown on the Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart [eba94], #71, with the following caption:

Francophons (Walloons)
South Belgium

Ivan Sache, 14 September 1999

French Community

The French Community is competent in the Walloon provinces (excepted the German-speaking municipalities) and in Brussels.

The legislative power is exercized by the Council and the Government. The legislative assembly, the Council of the French Community, has 94 members, i.e. the 75 members of the Council of the Walloon Region and 19 French-speaking members of the Council of the Region of Brussels-Capital.
The Council of the French Community delegates ten of its members to the Senate.
The Council votes decrees, the French-speaking communitary laws.

The Government of the French Community exercizes the executive power. It is made of no more than eight ministers, including the Minister-President. At least one of the Ministers shall live in the Region of Brussels-Capital.

Source: Belgian Government website

Ivan Sache, 13 July 2001

The French Community officially adopted its flag in 1991.

The flag of the Community shall be flown on 27 September (Community day) on the public buildings of the Walloon Region. It shall also be flown on the official buildings in the same conditions and on the same days as the Belgian national flag. In the bilingual Region of Brussels-Capital, the flag shall be flown on 27 September on the public buildings which exclusively belong to the French Community.

Pascal Vagnat, 17 May 1996

Walloon Region

The Wallon Region has a legislative assembly, the Council of the Walloon Region, also called Walloon Regional Council. The 75 members of the assembly are elected by direct universal suffrage for five years.
The members of the assembly shall vote decrees, the regional laws. They also exercize control on the Walloon Government.
The 75 members of the Walloon Regional Council are also members of the Council of the French Community, along with the 19 French-speaking members of the Council of the Region of Brussels-Capital.

The executive power is exercized by the Walloon Government. The Government shall have no more than nine members, including the Minister-President. The ministers may also be ministers of the Government of the French Community.

Source: Belgian Government website

Ivan Sache, 13 July 2001

The Belgium Region of Wallonia has adopted its own flag and own coat of arms on 23 July 1998. The flag is exactly the same as the one adopted by the French Community in 1991, with an identical coat-of-arms too. The authorities can use the same car flag as for the French Community. Only the seal is slightly different, in the sense that the words are "RÉGION WALLONNE."
The Walloon Parliament has also adopted an anthem: Le chant de Wallons.

Source: Moniteur Belge/Belgisch Stattsblad of 8 August 1998

Pascal Vagnat, 13 October 1998

The emblem of the Walloon Region is also the rooster, and its flag is identical to the French Community flag. This fact has caused some legal troubles during the first half of year 1998: the Conseil Héraldique, Sigillographique et Vexillologique de la Communauté Française took exception to the decison of the Walloon Region to take this emblem, as this matter requires a decision from the Community, not the Region

Albain de Saint-Martin, 16 September 1998

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