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Brigasque Country (France & Italy)

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Brigasque flag - Image by Jaume Ollé, 31 July 2002

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Presentation of the Brigasques/Brigaschi

The Brigasques live both in France, in the village of La Brigue (in Brigasque, Ra Briga; 633 inhabitants in 2008, including the hamlet of Morignol - Morignolo), and in Italy, in the villages of Realdo (Reaud) and Verdeggia (Verdegia) [municipality of Triora, western Liguria], Piaggia (Ciagia), Upega (Upga), Carnino (Carnin) [forming the municipality of Briga Alta, Piedmont; 48 inh. in 2010], and Viozene (Viuzena; 43 inh. in 2001) [municipality of Ormea, Piedmont]. The Brigasques are caracterized by an original culture that includes a language that belongs to the Occitan family.

There is no political independentism in Brigasque people, but rather a wish to defend their particular culture.

Roberto Tarabella, 31 July 2002

Brigasque flag

The Brigasque flag was adopted in 1982 by the Centro per lo studio della cultura brigasca e delle altre culture delle Alpi liguri marittime (Center for the study of Brigasque culture and of the other cultures of Ligurian maritime Alps), as reported in Gilberto Oneto's book entitled Bandiere di Libertà (Flags of Freedom).
The flag is square, white with a shepherd's rose in the middle and a Cross of Toulouse in upper right corner.

The shepherd's rose (in Brigasque, rosa di pastù) is an old solar symbol very popular symbol in the Alps, in Padania, and in central Europe. It symbolizes the belonging of the Brigasques to the Occitan family.

Roberto Tarabella, 31 July 2002