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Pays d'Ancenis (Traditional district, Brittany, France)

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Last modified: 2016-11-11 by ivan sache
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Flag of Pays d'Ancenis - Image by Ivan Sache, 20 February 2016

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Presentation of Pays d'Ancenis

Pays d'Ancenis is named for its main town, Ancenis (Ankiniz; lit., Long island).

Ivan Sache, 20 February 2016

Flag of Pays d'Ancenis

The flag of Pays d'Ancenis was designed by Raphaël Vinet (Kreabreizh) Wilfrid Anezo et Olivier Traccucci (cultural association Hentoù Breizh).
The flag was adopted on 30 April 2014 and presented on 29 June 2014 in Ancenis by members of Hentoù Breizh.

The flag is quartered by a black cross, recalling the naval ensign of the Duchy of Brittany and highlighting Ancenis as a significant port on river Loire. Brittany is represented by the five ermine spots placed 3 and 2 in the second and third quarters of the flag.
The first and fourth quarters are derived from the arms of Ancenis, "Gules three cinquefoils ermine". The green wavy stripe in base represents rivers Loire and Erdre, as well as the Ancenis forest.
[Ouest France, 29 June 2014]

The arms of Ancenis were ascribed in the Armorial Général (1696; image). The arms are canting, a cinquefoil with rounded-off petals being (rarely) called in French heraldry angène (Jouffroy d'Eschavannes, 1844), aka angemme or angenin (Encylopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert). This "flower" would be the namesake of Ancenis, once known as Ancenius (but see above).

Ivan Sache, 20 February 2016