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Bouches-du-Rhône (Department, France)

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Flag of Bouches-du-Rhône - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 22 February 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 13
Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Traditional provinces: Provence
Bordering departments: Gard, Var, Vaucluse

Area: 5,087 km2
Population (2016): 2,019,717 inhabitants

Préfecture: Marseilles
Sous-préfectures: Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Istres
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 29 cantons, 119 municipalities.

The department is named after the mouth (bouches) of river Rhône (812 km, 522 of them in France), tributary of the Mediterranean Sea.

Flag of Bouches-du-Rhône

The flag flown by the department (photo, photo, photo, photo), at least since 2008, is white with the graphic part of the department's logo, without any lettering.

Olivier Touzeau, 22 February 2019

Flag of the former General Council

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Flag of the former General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône - Images by Ivan Sache, 25 September 2009

The General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône used, mostly, two flags, both white with the logo of the General Council but differing by their proportions and rendition of the logo.
The rectangular flag shows the square logo flanked on its right by the writing "CONSEIL / GENERAL / BOUCHES-DU-RHÔNE" in black letters. The square flag shows the square logo surmounting the writing "CONSEIL GENERAL" in black letters.

The logo of the General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône is made of a yellow disk charged with a blue "13", the official number of the department, and placed on a blue square, in front of a ribbon horizontally divided light blue-white-red.
The specific style of the "13" is probably to give the impression of a "B", the first letter of the name.

Ivan Sache, Dominique Cureau & Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 25 September 2009