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Cantal (Department, France)

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Flag of Cantal - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 22 February 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 15
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne until 2014)
Traditional provinces: Auvergne
Bordering departments: Aveyron, Corrèze, Haute-Loire, Lot, Lozère, Puy-de-Dôme

Area: 5,726 km2
Population (2016): 145,969 inhabitants

Préfecture: Aurillac
Sous-préfectures: Mauriac, Saint-Flour
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 15 cantons, 246 municipalities.

The department is named after the ancient volcanic massif of Cantal, which reaches 1,855 m at its highest peak, Plomb du Cantal.

Ivan Sache, 11 April 2019

Flag of Cantal

The flag used in front of the department buildings in Aurillac (photo, photo) is white with the logo unveiled on 9 February 2009.

The logo "evolved towards more modernity while respecting the fundamental values of Cantal"; this reflected "a core program" presented as the "symbol of the new dynamic" initiated in 2009.
The mountain stylized by a green "pencil stroke" emphasizes modernity [through style and color code], dynamic [a firmly moving department] and continuity with the former logo [the former green triangle].
The color and calligraphy of the words "cantal" and "LE DÉPARTEMENT" are, of course, borrowed from the red rectangle of the territorial brand "Cantal AUVERGNE" to mean the Territorial Collectivity.

The colors are specified as follows:

		Pantone		CMYK		RGB
Red              186 C       0 100  51  4    220   0  46
Light green      376 C      25   0 100  0    212 214   0
             (opacity 70%)
Dark green       376 C      50   0 100  0    151 190  13
Gray shadow     7544 C      30   5   0 80     63  76  86
                            (opacity 70%)

The typefaces are the same as for the "Cantal AUVERGNE" brand:
cantal: Helvetica Neue 95 Black
[Graphic charter, March 2009]

Olivier Touyzeau & Ivan Sache, 23 February 2019

Banner of arms of Cantal


Banenr of arms of Cantal - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 22 February 2019

A banner of the arms of the department, in inverted colors, was used in front of the seat of the General Council (photo); the flag was also seen on the main square of the town of Mauriac.

The coat of arms of Cantal was assigned by Jacques Meurgey de Tupigny & Robert Louis in Marques symboliques des départements français, as "Or a gonfanon gules fimbriated vert charged with an escutcheon 'Azure a bend or cantonned by six scallops argent in orle".
Created in harmony with the arms of Puy-de-Dôme, the arms of Cantal associates the gonfanon of Auvergne with the arms of gthe former Baronny of Aurillac.

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 23 February 2019