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by Zeljko Heimer
Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon is a Territorial Community of France and the only proper national flag there is that of France.
by Pierre Gay
Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon is a Territorial Community of France and the only proper national flag there is that of France. This was recently confirmed to me by a friend who originated from there. Because of their vicinity to Canada they are very proud of their French identity. Of course the coat-of-arms and flag of Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon exist, as in other French towns, but together with (and under) French symbols.
Armand Noel du Payrat, 31 March 1998
The flag is divided in three equal vertical parts, overall proportion is 2:3.
Along the hoist are (from top to bottom):
This stands for the origins of the population of the Territorial Community.
In the main field is the ship that brought them there.
It is said on the French Overseas Ministry's site that this archipelago was already known to the Basque fishermen and hunters long before its official discovery by Portugese navigator José Alvarez Faguendes on October 19th, 1520. Jacques Cartier took possession of the islands for the French Crown in 1535.
Pierre Gay, 23 December 1998