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Eure-et-Loir (Department, France)

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Flag of the Departmental Council of Eure-et-Loir - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 9 April 2017

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Administrative data

Code: 28
Region: Centre-Val de Loire
Traditional provinces: Orléanais, Maine, Île-de-France
Bordering departments: Eure, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Orne, Sarthe, Yvelines, Essonne

Area: 5,880 km2
Population (2006): 421,114 inhabitants

Préfecture: Chartres
Sous-préfectures: Châteaudun, Dreux, Nogent-le-Rotrou
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 29 cantons, 403 communes.

The department is named after rivers Eure (225 km), tributary of the Seine, and Loir (311 km), tributary of the Sarthe.
Decree of 30 September 1974 transferred the former municipality of Dommerville (Eure-et-Loir) to the municipality of Angerville (Essonne).

Ivan Sache, 11 November 2009

Flag of the Departmental Council

The flag of the Departmental Council of Eure-et-Loire, hoisted in front of the Castel Maintenon hotel, is a modification of the flag of the former General Council, following the 2015 reform.
The writing was changed from "Conseil général" to "Conseil départemental", the font was modified, the design of the central ampersand/wheat ears was changed, and the shade of green was modified.

Olivier Touzeau, 9 April 2017

Flag of the former General Council

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Flag of the formerGeneral Council of Eure-et-Loir, left, 1999-2015; right, until 1999 - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 9 April 2017

The General Council of Eure-et-Loir flies, along the French national flag, a green flag with the logo of the General Council covering almost the full width of the flag.

The logo, adopted in 1999, is made of the full name of the departement, with "et" (and) symbolized by an ampersand (&) made of wheat ears. A part of the Beauce region, used to be called "the wheat loft of France" (le grenier à blé de la France is located in Eure-et-Loir.
The department of Eure-et-Loir is the second biggest producer of grain in France, ranking 2nd for durum wheat (36,000 ha; mean yield, 6.9 t/ ha) and 5th for bread wheat (170,000 ha in 2011; mean yield, 7.4 t/ha). On the logo, the ampersand looks more or less like the wheat flag leaf (the biggest leaf, located just beneath the spike and critically contributing to grain yield via the translocation of photosynthetic assimilates).

The General Council used before 1999 a logo made of the two blue letters "EL" with two red wavy lines and a little white "28" in the "E". The letters and the lines are the symbols of the rivers that gave their names to the departement.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 10 April 2017