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Flag of the General Council of Var - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 October 2009
Traditional province: Provence
Bordering departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône
Area: 5,973 km2
Population (1995): 985,099 inhabitants
Préfecture: Toulon (from
1797 to 1974, Draguignan)
Sous-préfectures: Brignoles, Draguignan
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 43 cantons, 153 communes.
The department is named after river Var (120 km). When the department of Alpes-Maritimes was created in 1860, the arrondissement of Grasse was transferred from Var to Alpes-Maritimes. This is the reason why the river Var does not water the department of Var. A proposal to rename the department after another river, the Argens, has been rejected.
Ivan Sache, 14 November 2009
Ivan Sache, 25 October 2009
Former flag of CCI Var - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 November 2009
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) du Var was created in 1833. Divided in five agencies (Brignoles, Draguignan, Hyères, Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Saint-Raphaël-Fr&ecute;jus), CCI Var manages the international airport of Toulon-Hyères - serving Brest and Paris (France), Bristol and London (United Kingdom), Brussels (Belgium) and Stockholm (Sweden) -, the port of commerce of Toulon and several marinas.
The flag of CCI Var, as seen hoisted in the port of Porquerolles in
December 2003, on the island of the same name, is divided blue-red by
the ascending diagonal, with the emblem of CCI Var in the middle.
The emblem of CCI Var is the classic CCI hexagon with the blue and red sectors emerging from a white disk decentered to the lower right part of the hexagon, charged with "VAR" in blue letters.
This flag must be obsolete since CCI Var uses now a more modern emblem.
Ivan Sache, 23 November 2009