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Haute-Marne (Department, France)

Last modified: 2019-05-08 by ivan sache
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Flag of Haute-Marne, current and former versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 22 April 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 52
Region: Grand Est (Champagne-Ardenne until 2014)
Traditional provinces: Champagne, Bourgogne, Lorraine, Franche-Comté
Bordering departments: Aube, Côte-d'Or, Marne, Meuse, Haute-Saône, Vosges

Area: 6,211 km2
Population (2016): 178,084 inhabitants

Préfecture: Chaumont
Sous-préfectures: Langres, Saint-Dizier
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 17 cantons, 427 municipalities.

The department is named ("Upper-Marne") after river Marne (525 km), tributary to the Seine.
On 1 July 1974, the municipality of Frettes (Haute-Marne) was incorporated to the municipality of Champlitte (Haute-Saône). On 1 January 1975, the municipality of Sainte-Livière (Marne) was merged with the municipality of Éclaron-Braucourt (Haute-Marne) to form the municipality of Sainte-Livière-Éclaron-Braucourt (Haute-Marne).

Ivan Sache, 12 April 2019

Flag of Haute-Marne

The flag hoisted in front of the seat of the Departmental Council (photo) is white with the Council's new logo.
The new logo kept the previous logos' iconic part, representing water, the valleys and the sun and locally known as "little chap". The writing "Haute / Marne" was made more visible.
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In 2015, General Councils were renamed to Departmental Councils. The Council modified its logo: the words "Conseil général" were replaced by "Conseil départemental". The flag was white with the logo (photo).

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 27 April 2019

Flag of the General Council


Flag of the former the General Council - Image by Arnaud Leroy & Ivan Sache, 1 October 2009

The flag of the former General Council of Haute-Marne (photo, photo) was white with the Council's logo.
The logo shows on a white background a highly stylized green tree standing on a curved blue "V" with a yellow-orange disk on its upper right part. The tree recalls the significance of the forests for the natural environment of the department; the "V" represents the rivers that take their source in the department, for instance the Marne and the Meuse, while the disk represents the sun.
The logo, adopted in 1991, globally represents harmony between man and its environment.

Ivan Sache, Olivier Touzeau & Pascal Vagnat, 27 April 2019