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Law of the Walloon Assembly of 16 March/20 April 1913
The Walloon Assembly was the assembly of the Walloon Movement
(Mouvement Wallon), not the assembly of a Walloon Region or
Community, which did not exist at that time.
The proportions of the flag was then 1:1, according to Yves Moreau: La génèse du drapeau wallon (Enquêtes du musée de la vie wallonne, Tome XVI, 63ème-64ème années, N°185-188. 1987).
Law of 20 July 1975
This law prescribed the flag of the French Cultural Community. (Communauté culturelle française) The law mentioned also a Community day.
Law of the 3 July 1991
This law was about the emblems of the French Community, which had replaced the French Cultural Community. The law text includes official pictures (black and white) for the flag (2:3), arms and seal, and specifications concerning the position of the rooster in the flag:
"The bold rooster is inscribed in an invisible circle, the center of which is the same as the center of the field, the diameter of which is equal to the hoist and the circumference of which goes through the tips of the upper and lower feathers of the tail and the tip of the raised foot. The horizontality of the rooster is determined by an invisible straight line from the top of the crest to the tip of the upper feather of the tail." Translation by Bill Thayer, 19 May 1996
There is also a standard for the high authorities of the Community. It is yellow with the red rooster, red and yellow fringed and has the proportions 26:30 (cm).
Mark Sensen, 10 May 1996
384 (1997-1998) - N° 1
10 JUNE 1998
PROPOSAL OF DECREE
Establishing the Walloon Regional Day and the emblems of the Walloon Region
proposed by Messrs. M. Bayenet, S. Kubla, A. Lié'nard et J. Daras.
The identity of a Region is conveyed by several elements, the first of them being the recognition of a flag and the establishment of a Regional Day. The Walloon rooster, proposed here as the emblem of the Walloon Region, became officially on 24 June 1975 the official emblem of the French Community.
The rooster's history extended over three-quarters of a century and is definitively linked to the Walloon Movement. Addressed for the first time on 2 October 1905 during a meeting of the Walloon League of Liège, the question of adoption of a Walloon flag motivated several debates. The adoption of the symbol of the rooster, proposed by a correpondent of the newspaper Le Réveil Wallon in the release of 19 December 1907, was accepted by the Walloon circles and finally, on 20 April 1913, by the Walloon Assembly.
The model realised by the artist Pierre Paulus was officially
adopted by a commission of the Assembly on 3 July 1913. Since then,
the rooster has been indisputably recognized in all circles as the
straightforward symbol of Wallonia.
Therefore, we found it necessary to establish it by a Decree as the official emblem of the Walloon Region.
Moreover, the establishment of an official Regional Day should be
based on two facts: first, there is a celebration Day [27 September]
specific to the French Community, Community of the French-Speakers
from Wallonia and Brussels, celebrating the days of struggle for
independence of 1830; second, according to the various local
traditions, the Wallon festivities have always occurred in
Consequently, the authors of the present proposal propose to establish as official Walloon Regional Day the third Sunday of September, the day of the most important festivities taking place in the city of Namur, the capital city of the Walloon Region.
PROPOSAL OF DECREE (repeating the proposal title)
Original French text of the Decree can be found on the Wallonie-en-ligne website.
Ivan Sache, 8 July 2001
by Mark Sensen
After annex 3 of the adoption Decree.