Last modified: 2003-01-18 by ivan sache
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by Pierre Gay
Bordering Regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône-Alpes
Bordering countries: Italy, Monaco
Traditional provinces: Provence, Dauphiné, Comté de Nice, Comtat Venaissin
Area: 31,400 km2
Population (1995): 4,428,200 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Marseille
On 12 January1999, Michel Vauzelle, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur presented the Region's new flag. It combines the traditional gold and red vertical stripes of Provence, the dolphin of Dauphiné and the eagle of the County of Nice.
Philippe-Pierre Darras, 16 January 1999
And Comtat Venaissin and Avignon, the former papal possessions, annexed in1794 to create the departement of Vaucluse, are missing in the new flag! But the Provence flag is hoisted in most localities in this area, including in the city hall of Avignon.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 1999
The adoption of a new flag by the Region may be considered as a
political decision against the right-wing party Front
National. This party, which is very strong in that region (and
administers there 4 cities - Toulon, Orange, Marignane, Vitrolles)
tries to annexate the Provencal regional identity and uses the
blue flag (with fleur-de-lys and
red label) of the Anjou family of the counts of Provence.
The choice of the yellow and red flag (of the Catalan dynasty of the counts of Provence) by the present Regional Council has been criticised by Minute, a right-wing extremist weekly.
Jean-François Blanc, 21 January 1999
by Philippe-Pierre Darras
The map on the flag is the map of the region, and the departments are represented in different colours:
The three blue wavy lines represent the Mediterranean Sea.
Ivan Sache, 7 April 2000