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Euro-Breton flags (Brittany, France)

Last modified: 2013-11-30 by ivan sache
Keywords: breizh | stars: 12 (yellow) | letters: bzh (white) | ermines: 11 (yellow) | european union | gwenn-ha-du |
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The European Gwenn-ha-Du

[European Breton flag]

Breton flags with the European colours - Image by Mikael Bodlore-Penlaez & Ivan Sache, 27 February 2001

A Gwenn-ha-Du with the black and white colours replaced by yellow and blue, resepctively was spotted in Rennes, as reported in Ar Banniel [arb], #6 (Summer 1998).

Ivan Sache, 27 February 2001


The EuroBreton flag

[EuroBreton flag]

EuroBreton flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 July 2003

The EuroBreton flag is the European Union flag with the white letters "BZH" inside the ring of stars. The EuroBreton flag was presented by Mikael Bodlore-Penlaez, who is, however, not the designer of the flag, in Ar Banniel [arb], #12 (Summer 2000).

"BZH" stands for Breizh, the Breton name of Brittany, indeed a compromise between Breiz (KLT - Cornwall-Léon-Trégor - phonetic spelling) and Breih (Vannes phonetic spelling). The letters "BZH" appear on all kinds of car stickers and other items related to Brittany.
The word Breizh is more and more frequently used, for instance in Tro Breiz (Tour of Brittany), the traditional Breton pilgrimage via the seven saints' cathedrals; Radio Bleue Breizh Izel, the regional radio station; Coop Breizh, a company distributing Breton books, music, flags; and the youth movement Breizh Positive.

Ivan Sache, 26 July 2003