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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Region, France)

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Administrative data

Departments: Ain, Allier, Ardèche, Cantal, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Savoie, Haute-Savoie
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Bordering countries: Italy, Switzerland
Traditional provinces: Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Burgundy Comtat Venaissin Dauphiné Nivernais, Languedoc, Lyonnais Savoy

Area: 69,711 km2
Population (1995): 6,884,600 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Lyon


Former Region Auvergne

Administrative data

Departments: Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme
Bordering Regions: Bourgogne, Centre, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, Rhône-Alpes
Traditional provinces: Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Nivernais, Languedoc, Lyonnais

Area: 26,013 km2
Population (1995): 1,315,400 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Clermont-Ferrand


Flag of the Region

[Flag]

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

The flag is based on the Regional Council's logo, showing a green outlined stylized volcano with the name "AUVERGNE" written underneath in black letters.
Auvergne has a volcanic soil and boasts some 80 or so extinct volcanoes (called puys). The volcano symbolizes two concepts that may seem opposite and complementary at the same time: on the one hand, stability and immutability, on the other hand, energy. It also stands for strength and Auvergne originality within France.

Philippe-Pierre Darras, 18 January 1999


Former Region Rhône-Alpes

Administrative data

Departments: Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Rhône, Savoie, Haute-Savoie
Bordering Regions: Auvergne, Bourgogne, Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
Bordering countries: Italy, Switzerland
Traditional provinces: Burgundy, Dauphiné, Languedoc, Comtat Venaissin, Savoy

Area: 43,698 km2
Population (1995): 5,569,200 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Lyon; seat at Charbonnières-les-Bains, to be relocated at Lyon in 2010

Region Rhône-Alpes lacking geographical and historical homogeneity, the name Rhône-Alpes, associating a river and a mountain, was probably the best default choice. The natural division of the Alps is not respected by the administrative borders, since the limit between the Northern and Southern Alps goes through the department of Drôme. This limit was also the border between Provence and Dauphiny. Since crossing the Rhône was extremely difficult in the past, Ardèche, located on the right bank, belonged to Languedoc and had few contacts with Dauphiné.
The Region has more economical homogeneity, although the departments of Ardèche, Drôme and Hautes-Alpes are less developed than the other ones.
However, some identity developed with time and the neologism rhônalpin was coined, the same way the neologism francilien was coined for Île-de-France.

Ivan Sache, 15 September 2003


Flag of the Region

[Flag of Regional Council]

Flag of the former Region Rhône-Alpes - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 September 2009

The Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes changed the logo and flag of the Region in 2005. The flag, white white the Region's logo, is hoisted in front of the building of the Regional Council located at Charbonnières-les-Bains, near Lyon, as shown on a photo taken by Pascal Vagnat.

The logo is presented as follows on the Regional Council's website:

The construction of the logo is mostly of typographic nature, to ensure a perfect lisibility in all circumstances and on all supports. Its visual dynamic is created by the use of oblique ascendant construction lines, which punctuate the writing of an open territory, in continuous evolution. By a visual contraction game, the two words "Rhône" and "Alpes" form a single one, thus contributing to express the link and the territory's unit. Finally, the selected colours, plum colour and green, ensure a sober and elegant harmony, which contributes to the clearly modern graphism adopted for the new visual identity.

Ivan Sache, 17 September 2009


Former flag of the Region

[Reg. Council Rhone-Alpes]

Former flag of the Region - Image by Pierre Gay, 2 November 1996

The flag of the Regional, adopted on 2 January 1991, is white with the Region's logo, made of eight vertical lines that symbolize the eight departments of the region.

Jaume Ollé, 2 November 1996

The vertical lines represent the future and the ambitions, while the horizontal lines represent competences and determination. The rainbow colors represent performance, modernism, youth and quality of life.
The blue line represents river Rhône. It shows the coherence of a great European region. The graphism shows also the West to East region's elevation from the plains to the mountains.

Tristan Blaudet, 14 September 2003