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Grand Est (Region, France)

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Flag of Region Grand Est, two versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 3 September 2017


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Administrative data

Departments: Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vosges
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France,
Bordering countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Traditional provinces: Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine

Area: 57,433 km2
Population (2015): 5,559,051 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Strasbourg

The name of Region Grand Est was chosen in April 2016. Of the nearly 290,000 votes by the inhabitants on the Internet, 75% (215,530 votes) went to "Grand Est", ahead of "Nouvelle Austrasie" (10.4%, or 29906 votes), 9.8% for Rhin-Champagne (9.8%, or 28080 votes) and 4.8% for Acalie (4.8%, or 13,904 votes). The name was officialy adopted in October 2016.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 3 September 2017


Flag of Region Grand Est

The flag of Region Grand Est was used during several events (sports competitions, worldskills events....), with the Region's logo placed either on a blue (photo) or a white (photo) field.

In January 2016, a provisional logo (image) with the provisional name of the region (Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine, ACAL) was created. The logo appeared on comumnication items: kakemonos, streamers... (photo, photo)]

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 3 September 2017


Former Region Alsace

Administrative data

Departments: Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin
Bordering Regions: Franche-Comté, Lorraine
Bordering countries: Germany, Switzerland
Traditional province: Alsace

Area: 8,280 km2
Population (1995): 1,689,800 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Strasbourg


Flag of the Region

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Flag of the former Region Alsace - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 21 February 2004

The flag of Region Alsace was a banner of the simplified arms of the traditional province of Alsace, "Per pale, 1. Gules a bend sinister cotised fleury argent (Lower Alsace), 2. Gules a bend between six crowns bendwise or (Upper Alsace)".

These arms are based on the Alsatian arms, already documented in the 16th century but hardly used since then.
Instead of the two confronted bends of the traditional arms, the new arms have kept only the white bend representing Lower-Alsace. The crowns representing Upper-Alsace are now placed on both sides of the white coticed bend.
These arms have been designed and used by the Regional Council since the 1990s.

The new flag is hoisted over the building of the Regional Council of Alsace in Strasbourg. Beforehand, the Regional Council used the flag of the traditional province of Alsace.

Pascal Vagnat, 21 February 2004

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Flag of the former Region Alsace; left, after 2007; right, before 2007 - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 5 September 2017

White flags with the Regional Council's logo (photo) were sometimes used in the 1990s and onwards.

Olivier Touzeau, 5 September 2017


Former Region Champagne-Ardenne

Administrative data

Departments: Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Île-de-France, Lorraine, Picardie
Bordering country: Belgium
Traditional provinces: Bourgogne, Champagne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine

Area: 25,606 km2
Population (1995): 1,352,500 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Châlons-en-Champagne


Flag of the Region

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Flag of the former Region Champagne-Ardenne, three versions - Images by Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999

Created in 1987, the logo of the Region shows two yellow and green hearts entwined. In a Region without much of a strong common identity between its constituent departments, they symbolize the union through which a feeling of regional identity should develop. Yellow and green stand for the Region's ressources: yellow for vineyards, champagne and the cornfields as well as for the Region prestigious past; green conveys the idea that Champagne-Ardenne nature is rich in forests and rivers.

Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999

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Flag of the former Region Champagne-Ardenne; left, 2011-2016; right, before 2011 - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 6 September 2017

The flag was also used with the full version of the logotype of the Regional Council (photo, Regional Council).

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Earlier flag of the former Region Champagne-Ardenne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 6 September 2017

Before 1987, the flag was white with a totally different logo (Luc Doublet. L'aventure des drapeaux [dou87]).

Olivier Touzeau, 6 September 2017


Former Region Lorraine

Administrative data

Departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Vosges
Bordering Regions: Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté
Bordering countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg
Traditional provinces: Lorraine, Champagne

Area: 23,547 km2
Population (1995): 2,311,500 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Metz


Former flag of the Region

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Former flag of Region Lorraine, left, 1999-2016, right, 1993-1999 - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2017

Rarely used, this flag was hoisted on a hotel in Metz, closed to the provincial flag and on a secondary school, owned by the Regional Council.
In January 1999, the Regional Council replaced the word "région" by "conseil régional" in the same font, but placed below "lorraine". The reason for the substitution of is the misuse of the former logo, not connected enough to the regional institution in several cases.
The logo was designed by CharlÉlie Couture, a French artist (singer, painter, photogaph, writer) born in Nancy.

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Earlier flag of Region Lorraine - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2017

Beforehand, the flag was white with a totally different logo (Luc Doublet. L'aventure des drapeaux [dou87]).

Pascal Vagnat & Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2017