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Indre (Department, France)

Last modified: 2019-05-08 by ivan sache
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Administrative data

Code: 36
Region: Centre-Val de Loire
Traditional provinces: Berry, Touraine, Poitou, Marche
Bordering departments: Cher, Creuse, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Vienne, Haute-Vienne

Area: 6,903 km2
Population (2016): 223,505 inhabitants

Préfecture: Châteauroux
Sous-préfectures: Le Blanc, La Châtre, Issoudun
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 13 cantons, 242 municipalities.

The department is named after river Indre (265 km), a tributary to the Loire.

Ivan Sache, 11 April 2019

Flag of the former General Council


Flag of the former General Council of Indre - Image by Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009

The flag of the former General Council of Indre (photo, 7 August 2001) was white with the logo of the General Council.

The logo of the General Council, derived from a former logo, was made of a blue rectangle charged with a white raptor and "INDRE" in white letters. "CONSEIL GENERAL" is written in blue letters under the rectangle.
The raptor is a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus L.), locally known as scarcelle (in usual French, crécerelle). The bird is represented on the logo in its specific flight behaviour, known as "Holy Spirit", as a reference to the Holy Spirit's Dove. This is a nearly stationary flight, the bird facing the wind with its spread tail and wings forming a cross.
The bird most probably alludes to the region of Brenne, a flat area made of moors and more than 2,000 ponds, listed as a "humid area of international significance" by IUCN. More than 300 bird species can be spotted there; 40 of them, including the kestrel, live there all the year round.

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009