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Lot-et-Garonne (Department, France)

Last modified: 2024-03-23 by ivan sache
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Administrative data

Code: 47
Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Aquitaine until 2014)
Traditional province: Guyenne and Gascony
Bordering departments: Dordogne, Gers, Gironde, Landes, Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne

Area: 5,361 km2
Population (2016): 332,833 inhabitants

Préfecture: Agen
Sous-préfectures: Marmande, Nérac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 21 cantons, 319 municipalities.

The department is named after rivers Lot (480 km), a tributary to the Garonne, and Garonne (650 km).
On 4 November 1808, the cantons of Auvillar, Montaigu-de-Quercy and Valence were transferred from the department of Lot-et-Garonne to the new department of Tarn-et-Garonne.

Ivan Sache, 12 November 2009

Coat of arms and banner of arms


Banner of the former proposed arms of Lot-et-Garonne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 April 2022

The departmental council displays in front of its seat the flag of Occitania together with the French and European flags (photo, 2015; photo, 2018).

The departmental council has adopted in october 2003 an official coat of arms, quarterly divided:
1. Agen 2. Marmande 3. Nérac 4. Villeneuve-sur-Lot
[Source: departmental website]

Another coat of arms had been created and proposed by Robert Louis in 1950. It is blazoned: Gules a lion passant gardant Or, armed and langued Azure, accompanied by two wavy barrulets Argent, one in chief, the other in point. The two wavy barrulets stand for the two rivers Lot and Garonne, added on the arms of the province of Guyenne. [source: Armorial de France]

Banners of these arms are sometimes sold by flagmakers. In Barbaste, a commune of 1,500 inhabitants, a banner of these unofficial arms of Lot-et-Garonne could be observed officially hoited in front of the city hall:
photo (october 2016); photo (november 2016).
In march 2021, the flag of Guyenne was hoisted instead: photo (march 2021).

Olivier Touzeau, 7 April 2022