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Val-de-Marne (Department, France)

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Flag of Val-de-Marne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 27 March 2024

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Administrative data

Code: 94
Region: Île-de-France
Traditional province: Île-de-France
Bordering departments: Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine

Area: 245 km2
Population (2017): 1,387,926 inhabitants

Préfecture: Créteil
Sous-préfectures: L'Haÿ-les-Roses, Nogent-sur-Marne
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 25 cantons, 47 municipalities.

The department is named after river Marne (525 km), tributary of the Seine.
The Law of 10 July 1964 on the reorganization of the region of Paris, with effect on 1 January 1968, suppressed the departments of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. The department of Val-de-Marne was made of 29 municipalities from Seine and 18 municipalities from Seine-et-Oise.

Ivan Sache, 15 November 2019

Flag of Val-de-Marne

The departmental council of Val-de-Marne modified its logo in April 2022.
The name of the department is now placed in the same height as the "VM" emblem.

The colour of the logo is defined as : Quadri Cyan 100 % - RVB 0/157/224 - Pantone Process Cyan - HTML # 009de0 - Ral 230 60 40 [source: graphical charter]

The new flag in use is cyan with the logo in white.
Flag observed in March 2024 on the Saint-Exupéry middle school in Vincennes.

Olivier Touzeau, 27 March 2024

Former flags of the Departmental council

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Former flags of Val-de-Marne, two versions- Images by Olivier Touzeau, 27 March 2024 and 19 May 2019

The flag of Val-de-Marne after 2015 was white with the department's logo in blue. In 2015, General Councils were renamed to Departmental Councils. Accordingly the words "Conseil général" were replaced by the words "Le Département".

Although this flag can still be seen in use, in September 2018, the Departmental Council modified its logo. The motto “Département utile” (useful department) was added to protest against the project to suppress the departments of Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne.
A cyan blue flag with the logo in white (photo) has been seen in demonstrations.

Olivier Touzeau, 19 May 2019

Flag of the former General Council


Flag of the former General Council of Val-de-Marne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 16 May 2019

The flag of the former General Council of Val-de-Marne was blue with the logo of the department adopted in 2006.

The logo was revamped after "an analysis of the visual environment and a survey of the perception of the former logo by the inhabitants of the department". This thorough study yielded three "invariants":
- the "VM" pictogram, symbolizing both the initials of the department's name and the confluency of rivers Seine and Marne (which is not situated in the neighbouring department of Seine-et-Marne!), placed in a blue cyan cartouche with a very narrow framing. The contrast between the curves of "VM" and the straight frame symbolizes the great diversity of the department and the commitment of public service.
- cyan blue as an identity colour, representing water, a significant element in the environment of the department. Unusual in the urban context, the blue colour shall allow a quick and distinct identification of the General Council.
- a textual design full of meaning, made of a reference to the territory in bold capital letters ("VAL MARNE", in the MAC/VAL font designed for the use of the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de- Marne), of a cursive "de" forming the transition between VAL and MARNE and emphasizing the human dimension of the authority, and of "Conseil général" in italics (Myriad font), emphasizing the public and institutional dimension of the institution.

The colour specifications for cyan blue are:
Pantone Process Cyan;
RVB 0 157 224;
RAL 230 60 40;
Quadri Cyan 100%;
HTML #009de0.
[Graphic Charter]

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 17 November 2009