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Pyrénées-Atlantiques (Department, France): Intermunicipal Authorities

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Index of the Intermunicipal Authorities

  • Communautés de communes (7)
    • Lacq-Orthez
    • Nord Est Béarn
    • Haut Béarn
    • Pays de Nay
    • Luys en Béarn
    • Béarn des Gaves
    • Vallée d'Ossau

Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Béarn-Pyrénées

The Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Béarn-Pyrénées was created with the merger of Pau-Pyrénées with the Communauté de communes Gave et Coteaux and the Communauté de communes du Miey de Béarn.

The flag of Pau-Béarn-Pyrénées (photo) is white with the authority's emblem and name.

The logo, presented on 25 June 2018 and also used by the town of Pau, was designed by the Graphéine agency; the team included a graphic designer from Pau, graduated from the Pyrénées Higher School of Art [a convenient rebuttal to the usual complaint that "foreigners" instead of locals are commissioned to design logos].
The logo retains the silhouette of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, used here as the counter of letter "A".
[Sud-Ouest, 26 June 2018]

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 18 May 2019

Former Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Pyrénées


Flag of Pau-Pyrénées - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 3 May 2019

Between 2011 and 2018, Pau and the Communauté d'agglomération Pau-Pyrénées used a white flag with the authority's emblem (photo).

The logo, designed by the Dragon Rouge agency, was presented on 7 January 2011.
The "quite unexpected" logotype features the three "P", the initials of "Pau", "Porte" [Gate], and "Pyrénées", each in a different color gradient. The letter's counters are composed of three different symbols proper to the region:
- the crowned cow, featured on the coat of arms of Pau and Béarn, represents here the roots, wisdom and peace, placed on an ocher "P", a color recalling the region's history;
- the heart, as the symbol of a human and supportive project, on a green "P", a "highly symbolic" color;
- the Pic du Midi d'Ossau [2,884 m], a former volcano locally nicknamed "Jean-Pierre" [after its two peaks, two shepherds named Jean and Pierre, respectively, who were petrified by a witch], as the symbol of the Pyrénées identity of Pau, which is located less than 25 km from the closest ski resort, on a blue "P", a color as symbolic as green.
The three "P" are designed in three different typefaces created from scratch. The writing uses a typeface derived from Sauna.
[Graphéine, 13 January 2011]

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 18 May 2019