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Grand Est (Region, France)

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Administrative data

Departments: Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vosges
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France,
Bordering countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Traditional provinces: Alsace Bourgogne, Champagne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine

Area: 57,353 km2
Population (1995): 5,353;800 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Strasbourg

Former Region Alsace

Administrative data

Departments: Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin
Bordering Regions: Franche-Comté, Lorraine
Bordering countries: Germany, Switzerland
Traditional province: Alsace

Area: 8,280 km2
Population (1995): 1,689,800 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Strasbourg

Flag of the Region


Flag of the former Region Alsace - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 21 February 2004

The flag of Region Alsace was a banner of the simplified arms of the traditional province of Alsace, De gueules à la bande d'argent accompagnée de deux cotices fleuronnées du même et accostée de six couronnes d'or posées en orle, celles de la pointe opposées à celles du chef.

These arms are based on the Alsatian arms, already documented in the 16th century but hardly used since then.
Instead of the two confronted bends of the traditional arms, the new arms have kept only the white bend representing Lower-Alsace. The crowns representing Upper-Alsace are now placed on both sides of the white coticed bend.
These arms have been designed and used by the Regional Council since the 1990s.

The new flag is hoisted over the building of the Regional Council of Alsace in Strasbourg. Beforehand, the Regional Council used the flag of the traditional province of Alsace.

Pascal Vagnat, 21 February 2004

Former Region Champagne-Ardenne

Administrative data

Departments: Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Île-de-France, Lorraine, Picardie
Bordering country: Belgium
Traditional provinces: Bourgogne, Champagne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine

Area: 25,606 km2
Population (1995): 1,352,500 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Châlons-en-Champagne

Flag of the Region


Flag of the former Region Champagne-Ardenne - Image by Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999

Created in 1987, the logo of the Region shows two yellow and green hearts entwined. In a Region without much of a strong common identity between its constituent departments, they symbolize the union through which a feeling of regional identity should develop. Yellow and green stand for the Region's ressources: yellow for vineyards, champagne and the cornfields as well as for the Region prestigious past; green conveys the idea that Champagne-Ardenne nature is rich in forests and rivers.

Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999

Former Region Lorraine

Administrative data

Departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Vosges
Bordering Regions: Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté
Bordering countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg
Traditional provinces: Lorraine, Champagne

Area: 23,547 km2
Population (1995): 2,311,500 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Metz

Former flag of the Region


Former flag of Region Lorraine - Image by Pascal Gross, 10 April 1999

Rarely used, this flag was hoisted on a hotel in Metz, closed to the provincial flag and on a secondary school, owned by the Regional Council.
The logo is obsolete; in January 1999, the Regional Council replaced the word "région" by "conseil régional" in the same font, but placed below "lorraine". The reason for the substitution of is the misuse of the former logo, not linked enough to the regional institution by some people.

Pascal Vagnat, 10 April 1999