Last modified: 2002-07-20 by ivan sache
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by Ivan Sache
Traditional provinces: Bourbonnais, Auvergne, Nivernais
Bordering departments: Cher, Creuse, Loire, Nièvre, Puy-de-Dôme, Saône-et-Loire
Area: 7,340 km2
Population (1995): 352, 500 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Montluçon, Vichy
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 35 cantons, 320 communes.
The department is named after the river Allier (41 km), tributary of Loire.
The departemental flag has a red field charged with the coat of arms of the departement. Unsurprisingly, the departement has retained for coat of arms the arms of Bourbonnais. The flag is used in the city of Moulins.
The coat of arms can be described as follows:
D'azur semé de fleurs de lys d'or, à la cotice de gueules brochant sur le tout.
The General Council does not have a specific flag.
Source: Pascal Vagnat's website
Ivan Sache, 12 November 2000