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Flag of Bourges - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 8 January 1999
The flag of Bourges is vertically divided green-red.
The exact origin of the flag is unknown, maybe related to King of France Charles VII. During the the Hundred Years' War and the occupation of most France by England, Charles VII had to exile from Paris to Bourges, which became the capital of France. The only part of the Kingdom left to the King was a big area around Bourges, so that the English nicknamed Charles VII "the King of Bourges". The King eventually managed to reconquer the Kingdom with the help of Joan of Arc. To thanks the inhabitants of Bourges for their support, the King awarded them two colours of his livery, which was green-white-red. The white colour was not awarded because it was the Royal colour. Green and red have been the colours of Bourges since then.
The flag is flying on 6 September to celebrate the liberation of Bourges on 6 September 1944, and in other occasions as well, like festivals. There is no flag with the coat of arms, though one such flag has been seen during the inauguration of the twinning of Bourges with Palencia.
Pascal Vagnat, 8 January 1999