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Loiret (Department, France)

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Flag of Loiret - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2019


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Administrative data

Code: 45
Region: Centre-Val de Loire
Traditional provinces: Orléanais, Berry, Île-de-France
Bordering departments: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher, Nièvre, Seine-et-Marne, Yonne, Essonne

Area: 6,775 km2
Population (2016): 674,330 inhabitants

Préfecture: Orléans
Sous-préfectures: Montargis, Pithiviers
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 21 cantons, 325 municipalities.

The department is named after river Loiret (12 km; lit. "Little Loire"), formed by inflitration of water from the Loire.

Ivan Sache, 12 November 2009


Flag of Loiret

The Departmental Council flies a blue flag (photo) with the logo adopted in 2014 by the former General Council and kept in use after 2015 by the Departmental Council, featuring the same stylized fleur-de-lys as the ormer logo and the writing “Loiret votre département” (Loiret your department)/

Color specifications are given as (graphical charter):

        Pantone        CMYK        RAL
Blue	 287 c    100 70   0 20   5002
Yellow	 143 c      0 33 100  0   1033

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 18 April 2019


Flag of the former General Council

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Flags of the former General Council of Loiret - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2019

The former General Council used two flags (photo):
- a blue flag with the emblem of the department, a stylized yellow fleur-de-lis, recalling the traditional arms of the Duchy of Orléans (Orléanais) surmounting the writing "le Loiret" in white and two white waves, representing the Loire;
- a yellow flag charged in the center with a square version of the aforementioned flag, and, below, the writing "Conseil Général", in blue.

Pascal Vagnat, 13 June 2010

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Former flag of the General Council of Loiret - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2019

Before 1997, the General Council used a white flag with the logo of the time.

Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2019


Banner of arms of Loiret

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Banner of arms of Loiret - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2019

A white flag charged with the department's greater arms was seen in August 2018 inside the General Council's building.

Pascal Vagnat, 13 June 2010

The coat of arms of Loiret was assigned by Jacques Meurgey de Tupigny & Robert Louis in Marques symboliques des départements français as "Azure a fess wavy argent surrounded by three fleurs-de-lis or placed 2 an 1 in chief a label argent".
The three departments set up from the province of Orléanais are represented by the provincial arms ("Azure three fleurs-de-lis placed 2 and 1 in chief a label argent"), each with a distinctive charge. Here the fess wavy represents river Loire, which crosses the department from east to west.

Ivan Sache, 18 April 2019