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Note that this flag is not the flag of the
French-speaking part of Switzerland (Romandie), but of the freedom fighters
of the Mouvement Romand.
It is based on the French Tricolour. It is vertically blue-white-red with
three white stars vertically on the blue field, two inverted colours on the
blue-white border and one blue star on the white field. There is a small
Swiss cross on the red field.
Harald Müller, 21 December 1995 and Pascal Vagnat, 16 July 1996
The branches of the Swiss cross in the upper right corner
identical to those of the cross present on the flag of Neuchâtel.
The six stars (taken from the flag of Valais) represent the six French
speaking Cantons of
although two of them are bilingual (Fribourg and Valais). There's no star to
represent the French speaking part of Canton of Berne (Moutier area) which
claim an attachment to the Canton of Jura.
Pascal Gross, 1 May 1998
The Swiss cross in the upper fly canton
has been removed after the negative national vote concerning Europe
in December, 1992.
António Martins, 18 February 1998
from the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (German) reports about the development of the common
consciousness of the francophone cantons as "Suisse romande" or "Romandie", and also says
something about the flag on this page.
The term "Romandie" never was very popular, for many it has a separatist connotation, unlike "Suisse romande" (Ironically "Romandie" has gained some popularity in German speaking Switzerland, because the traditional terms welsch and Welschland are increasingly viewed as derogatory). Likewise the flag of the Mouvement Romand never caught on and has disappeared almost completely in public. During the recent years the cooperation between the francophone cantons has increased in several areas, but without the aim for changing the territorial borders. (The article as PDF)]