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Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire (Municipality, Loire-Atlantique, France)

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Flag of Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, current and former versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 27 February 2017, and Arnaud Leroy, 4 September 2002, respectively

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Presentation of Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire

The municipality of Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire (24,726 inhabitants in 2009, therefore the 5th most populous municipality in the department; 1,166 ha, including 180 ha made of islands on the river Loire) is located in the south-eastern outskirts of Nantes, on the southern bank of river Loire.
In the 15th century, the town, then called Saint-Sébastien-d'Aigne, was the place of a famous pilgrimage. St. Sébastien was invoked against the black plague.

Ivan Sache, 4 September 2002

Flag of Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire

The flag of Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire (photo) is white with the municipal logo. Here, the word "sur" ("on") is replaced by "Sud" ("South") to highlight the location of the town on the southern bank of the Loire, in front of Nantes, located on the northern bank.
Beforehand, as communicated in 2002 by the municipal administration, the town used a white flag with the municipal coat of arms in the middle. On the coat of arms, the wavy diagonal most probably symbolizes river Loire, whereas the ermines spots recall that the town was part of the Duchy of Brittany.

Olivier Touzeu, Arnaud Leroy & Ivan Sache, 27 February 2017