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Charente-Maritime (Department, France): Intermunicipal Authorities

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Index of the Intermunicipal Authorities

  • Communautés de communes (9)
    • Aunis Atlantique
    • Aunis Sud
    • Bassin de Marennes
    • Canton de Gémozac et Saintonge viticole
    • Charente-Arnoult-Cœur de Saintonge
    • Haute Saintonge
    • Île d'Oléron
    • Île de Ré
    • Vals de Saintonge

Communautés d'agglomération

La Rochelle

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Flag of the Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 25 February 2017

The Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle (162,781 inhabitants in 2011; 32,696 ha) groups 28 municipalities: Angoulins, Aytré, Bourgneuf, Chàtelaillon-Plage, Clavette, Croix-Chapeau, Dompierre-sur-Mer, Esnandes, L'Houmeau, La Jarne, La Jarrie, La Rochelle, Lagord, Marsilly, Montroy, Nieul-sur-Mer, Périgny, Puilboreau, Salles-sur-Mer, Saint-Christophe, Saint-Médard-d'Aunis, Saint-Vivien, Saint-Xandre, Sainte-Soulle, Thairé, Vérines, Yves.
It succeeded in January 2000 the Communuaté de Communes de La Rochelle, then made of 18 municipalities; another 10 municipalities joined in 2014.

The flag of the Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle (photo) is white with the logo of the authority and sky blue corners at upper hoist and lower fly, as if the logo was surrounded by an ellipse.
The logo is made up of two triangles, the lower right plain blue like on the current logo of the town of La Rochelle, and the upper right made of blue and white stripe, like the historical flag of La Recohelle.

Olivier Touzeau, 25 February 2017


Royan Atlantique

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Flag of the CARA - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 18 August 2016

As of 1 January 2016, the CARA (website) grouped 34 municipalities (total population, 81,036 inhabitants; total area, 60,400 ha). The CARA is seated at Royan, the most populated of the 34 municipalities (18,138 inh.). The second most populated municipality is Saint-Georges-de-Didonne (5,080 inh.), while another 13 municipalities have between 2,000 and 5,000 inhabitants. The least populated municipality of the CARA is Saint-Romain-sur-Gironde (61 inh.).
The CARA owns the Royan Atlantique racetrack, located in the municipality of Les Mathes - La Palmyre, which was fully restructured, revamped and increased from 2011 to 2013. The new horsetrack was inaugurated on 30 June 2013. Spreading over 24 ha, the site includes a grass track for trotting race (1,425 m), a track for flat races (1,375 m), a steeplechase course, and a training center catering 120 horses.

The flag of the CARA (photo) is white with the logo of the institution in the center.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 18 August 2016


Rochefort Océan

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Flag of Rochefort Océan - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 December 2019

The Communauté d'agglomération de Rochefort Océan (63,159 inhabitants in 2015; 42,135 ha) was established in 2014 as the merger of:
- the Communauté d'agglomération du Pays Rochefortais (56,319 inh.; 31,490 ha), which succeeded in 2000 the Communauté de communes du Pays Rochefortais, established in 1993. It was composed of the municipalities of Rochefort (seat), Île-d'Aix, Breuil-Magné, Cabariot (2001), Échillais, Fouras, Loire-les-Marais, Lussant, Moragne, Muron, Port-des-Barques, Saint-Agnant, Saint-Coutant-le-Grand, Saint-Hippolyte, Saint-Laurent-de-la-Prée, Tonnay-Charente, Vergeroux, and Yves (which joined the Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle); - the Communauté de communes du Sud Charente (7,477 inh.; 13,261 ha), established in 1994. It was composed of the municipalities of Soubise (seat), Beaugeay, Champagne, La Gripperie-Saint-Symphorien, Moëze, Saint-Froult, Saint-Jean-d'Angle, and Saint-Nazaire-sur-Charente.

The flag of Rochefort Océan, as seen on Aix island, is white with the authority's logo. /P>

Ivan Sache, 4 December 2019


Communautés de communes

Île d'Oléron

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Flag of Oléron - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 15 February 2019

Oléron (22,324 inhabitants in 2016; 174 km2, the second largest island of European France, after Corsica, is located off the Atlantic coast, on the southern side of thePertuis d'Antioche strait.
The island is divided into 8 municipalities, La Brée-les-Bains, Le Château-d'Oléron, Dolus-d'Oléron, Le Grand-Village-Plage, Saint-Denis-d'Oléron, Saint-Georges-d'Oléron, Saint-Pierre d'Oléron, and Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, which formed in 1995 the Communautés de communes de l'Île d'Oléron.

The Communautés de communes use a flag (photo) derived from the alleged coat of arms of the island ("Lozengy azure and or a pallet vert"), with the letters "IØ" on the green bar.
Quite interestingly, yhe island's strong identity is now connected to an emblem that is in no way historically connected to the island, and is not even connected to any historical tradition.

The arms are locally presented as those of the former Bailiwick of Oléron. The arms "Lozengy azure and or a pallet vert" are indeed shown in the Armorial Général (image), with the caption "La ville d'Oléron", that is, "The town of Oléron", and not "L'île d'Oléron", "The island of Oléron". The arms were indeed assigned to the town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, located in Béarn close to the Spanish border, whose name was once Oléron. The coats of arms featured in the neighboring plates of the Armorial support this identification, especially those assigned to the canons of the St. Mary cathedral in Oléron / Oloron and those assigned to the Ossau and Aspe valleys.

There is no historical evidence, either, of an administrative or military division called "Bailiwick of Oléron". The official list of the Representatives to the States General called by Louis XVI in 1789 does not list Oléron as a bailiwick but as a "secondary seneschalty". part of the Seneschalty of Saintes.
Louis-Étienne Arcère (Histoire de la ville de la Rochelle et du Pays d'Aulnis, 1754) writes: "Oléron island, which currently depends on the Seneschalty of Saintonge, somewhat belongs to Aunis; it was once under the jurisdiction of the Seneschal of La Rochelle and is surrounded by the military government of Aunis."
There is no record of any historical armorial bearing for the island, which never had a proper administrative status.

The arms featured in the Armorial and now used by the island have nothing to do with the town of Oloron, either. The Armorial shows more than 60 arms designed on the same pattern, "Lozengy ... a pale ...", assigned to different nobles, cannons and burghers from the same area; such series of fanciful arms were invented and duly registered in the Armorial by its zelacious staff when the putative arm bearers refused to register them or, mostly, when time or information was lacking.

The most probable source for the arms of the island is the Armorial national de France, published in 1842 by H. Traversier & L. Vaisse. Oddly enough, the book describes and shows the same arms both for the town of Oloron and the island of Oléron. The book is arranged by geographical sections, so the mere coincidence might have remained unnoticed to the authors, who might have been fooled by the coincidental similarity with the lozengy arms of the nearby Province of Angoumois.
Someone in search of an emblem to promote the island to visitors might have noticed the arms, which conveniently use colors recalling the sea, the sand and the forests of the island. The design, presented as the genuine, historical arms of the island, progressively made its way in the local identity until being widely recognized by the islanders. Three municipalities (Dolus-d'Oléron, Le Grand-Village-Plage, and Saint-Trojan-les-Bains) have adopted arms based on the primary design.

The misattribution of the arms seems, however, to have begun even earlier: it is duly shown (image) in Plans des principales places de guerre et villes maritimes frontières du royaume de France, published in 1736. by Pierre Lemau de la Jaisse.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 10 March 2019