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Flag of Essonne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017
Traditional provinces: Île-de-France, Orléanais
Bordering departments: Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne
Area: 1,804 km2
Population (2006): 1,198,273 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Étampes, Palaiseau
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 42 cantons, 196 communes.
The department is named after the river Essonne (90 km),
tributary of 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 Essonne was made of 198 municipalities from Seine-et-Oise.
Decree of 21 November 1969 transferred the municipalities of Châteaufort and Toussus-le-Noble to the department of Yvelines. Decree of 30 September 1974 merged the former municipality of Dommerville (Eure-et-Loir) into the municipality of Angerville (Essonne).
Ivan Sache, 15 November 2009
The flag of Essonne (photo) is white with the full light blue logo (without the new motto which has been recently added below, "Terre d'avenirs".
Following the 2015 reform, the logo was modified with the words “Le Conseil Général” replaced by "Le Département".
Ivan Sache & Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017
Flag of the former General Council of Essonne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017
The flag of the former General Council of Essonne (photo) was blue with a white lettering "Essonne / LE CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL". The full logo had this text in a light blue trapezoidal shape, but only the text appears on the flag in a field of darker blue.
Ivan Sache & Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017
Former versions of the flag
Earlier version of the flag of the former General Council - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017, after the description provided by Pascal Vagnat (2003)
The flag used in 2002-2009 featured the logo of the time.
Earlier version of the flag of the former General Council - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017, after the Cyber-flag website
An even older flag used the previous logo of the General Council, including a tangram, in use at an unknown date before 1999. The logo was modified with another font and another arrangement in 1999, but the tangram was kept in use until 2002.
Olivier Touzeau, 27 May 2017
Communauté d'agglomération Les Portes de l'Essonne
Flag of the Communauté d'agglomération Les Portes de l'Essonne - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 February 2017
The Communauté d'agglomération Les Portes de l'Essonne (CALPE, 102,766 inhabitants in 2010, 2,871 ha) was founded on 23 November 2000, as a Communaut&ecute; de Communes, by the municipalities of Athis-Mons (31,434 inh.), Juvisy-sur-Orge (16,160 inh.), and
Paray-Vieille-Poste (7,378 inh.). Transformed in 2009 into a Communauté d'agglomération, the CALPE was subsequently joined by the municipalities of Morangis (12,583 inh.) and Savigny-sur-Orge (37,075 inh.).
CALPE was suppressed on 1 January 2016, following the establishemnt of Métropole du Grand Paris (MGP); the five municipalities were incorporated in September 2016 to the T12 Division of MGP (Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre).
The flag of CALPE (photo) was white with the logo of the authority.
Olivier Touzeau, 17 February 2017
Communauté d'agglomération Seine-Essonne
Flag of the Communauté d'agglomération Seine-Essonne - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 June 2009
The Communauté d'agglomération Seine-Essonne (CASE, 65,089 inhabitant in 2010, 4,759 ha) was founded on 19 December 2002, superseding the Communauté de Communes Corbeil-Essonne - Le Coudray-Montceaux, whic had been founded in 1996. CASE is made of the municipalities of Corbeil-Essonnes (43,086 inh.), Le Coudray-Montceaux (4,708 inh.), Étiolles (3,073 inh.) Saint-Germain-lès-Corbeil (7,174 inh.), and Soisy-sur-Seine (7,48 inh.).
CASE was suppressed on 1 January 2016, after its merger with other interurban authorities to form the Communauté d'agglomération Grand Paris Sud Seine-Essonne-Sénart.
The flag of CASE, as seen on 21 June 2009 in Le Coudray-Montceaux during a sports event sponsored by the authority, was white with the logo
The logo of CASE was made of a disk divided blue-green with a sinuous white line, recalling the letters "S" and "E" for the two rivers for which the community is named, the Seine and the Essonne, surmonted by "Seine Essonne / COMMUNAUTÉ D'AGGLOMÉRATION" in black letters.
Former (?) flag of the Communauté d'agglomération Seine-Essonne - Photo by Ivan Sache, 21 June 2009
During the same sports event, an other flag representing CASE was used, white with a different logo. The disk is divided by a dark blue line (instead of white), "Seine / Essonne", written in black italic letters is partially written on the disk, and "COMMUNAUTÉ D'AGGLOMÉRATION" is placed in an arched pattern just above the disk.
Ivan Sache, 22 June 2009
Communauté d'agglomération du Val d'Orge
Flag of the Communauté d'agglomération du Val d'Orge - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 March 2017
The Communauté d'agglomération du Val d'Orge (CAVO; 133,177
inhabitants in 2010, 5,923 ha) was established on 1 January 2001 by
the municipalities of Fleury-Mérogis (9,121 inh.), Morsang-sur-Orge
(20,944 inh.), Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (34,195 inh.), Saint-Michel-sur-Orge (20,046 inh.), Villemoisson-sur-Orge (6,950 inh.), and
Villiers-sur-Orge (3,891 inh.), all located in the valley of river
Orge (50 km), tributary of the Seine.
The CAVO was joined in 2003 by Brétigny-sur-Orge (23,334 inh.) and Le Plessis-Pâté (4,036 inh.), in 2005 by Leuville-sur-Orge (4,099 inh.), and in 2010 by Longpont-sur-Orge (6,561 inh.).
The CAVO was suppressed on 1 January 2016, following its merger with the Communauté de communes de l'Arpajonnais to form the Communauté d'agglomération Coeur d'Essonne Agglomération.
The flag of the CAVO (photo) was white with the authority's logo.
Ivan Sache, 21 March 2017