The unofficial flag of Réunion was chosen by a Réunion Committee, with the President of the FIAV. It represents the Fournaise volcano in red, while blue symbolizes the sky and yellow the sunlight. These three colours also symbolize strength, softness and brightness. Coming from all over the world, the inhabitants of Réunion are open to the world. It is in the ratio 2: 3. The colours in the Pantone system are : red 032, process blue, process yellow.
An Overseas Department since 19-03-1946, Réunion has also become a Region since 31-12-1982. The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity.
The department of Martinique has a traditional but unofficial flag. It derives from the former coat of arms of the colony.
The island has been an Overseas Department since 19-03-1946, then a Region since 31-12-1982. The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity.
Guadeloupe has no official flag. We can sometimes see an emblazoned blue and black local banner inspired by the coat of arms of Pointe-à-Pitre, loaded with a sun and a palm branch.
Forming an Overseas Department since 19-03-1946, Guadeloupe became a Region on 31-12-1982. The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity. By the referendum of December 7, 2003, the dependencies of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy voted for separation and became Overseas Territorial Collectivities of the Republic by the law of 21 February, 2007.
The French part of Saint Martin island voted its separation from Guadeloupe by the referendum of 07 December 2003. It became an Overseas Territorial Collectivity by the law of 21 February 2007.
This island voted its separation from Guadeloupe by the referendum of 07 December 2003. It became an Overseas Territorial Collectivity by the law of 21 February 2007.
It has no official flag even if we can sometimes see an emblazoned white banner charged with the coat of arms of the commune.
The flag of Mayotte is not official. This is a fancy flag based on the weapons of the territory that have appeared on a postage stamp. The motto Ra Hachiri means "We are vigilant" in shikomor, implied facing the claims of the Comoros. The symbols are the crescent for Islam and ylang-ylang flowers that are the wealth of the island. The border of circular arcs remembers the coral reef that surrounds the island.
The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity (former Overseas Territorial Collectivity since 24-12-1976 then Overseas Departmental Collectivity since 11- 7-2001). On 31 March 2011, Mayotte became the 101st French Department.
SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON
The flag opposite in use in the archipelago is not official. On the left we can see the colours of the Basque Country, Brittany, Normandy, whose emigrants have populated Canada and the archipelago. The ship on the right side symbolizes this emigration to the West.
The former colony received the status of Overseas Territory on 19-03-1946. On 19-7-1976, the archipelago became an Overseas Department, and since 11-06-1985 an Overseas Territorial Collectivity.
FRENCH SOUTHERN AND ANTARCTIC (T.A.A.F.)
This French territory includes the Kerguelen Islands, the archipelago of Crozet, Amsterdam and Saint Paul Islands, and the French sector of the Antarctic continent called Adélie Land (capital city Saint-Pierre-de-la-Réunion from the 27- 02-1997).
The Territory was formed on August 6, 1955, by detachment of Madagascar. The Constitutional Law of 28 March 2003 made of it a Territory with a special status. Until then it was not quoted in the French Constitution.
Note that the scattered islands of the Indian Ocean (the Glorieuses, Bassas da India, Europa, Juan de Nova and Tromelin), administered by the Prefect of Réunion since 19-9-1960, have been administered by T.A.A.F. since 3-1-2005, and then attached to the Territory as a fifth district by the ordinary law of 21 February 2007. From February 23, the Prefect, Senior Administrator signed a decree establishing an emblem for TAAF.
Clipperton Island has been a French possession since the law of 21 February 2007, administered directly by the state. Previously it was administered by the French representative of the French Settlements of Oceania (now French Polynesia) since the decree of 12-6-1936. It belongs to the public domain of the State from 18-3-1986.
The French Guiana department adopted the Guianese flag as an emblem on January 25, 2010. Instead of adopting a logo like the other French departments, the General Council adopted the flag of the UTG party: green and gold,for the forest and the mineral wealth, with a red star for the bloodshed.
French Guiana has been an Overseas Department since 19-03-1946, then a Region since 31-12-1982. The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity.
This Overseas Territorial Collectivity officially has a flag since its autonomous status of 6 September 1984 (amended on 12-4-1996 and 27-2-2004). It was first adopted as a regional emblem in 1975. On the background of the old Tahitian flag (red/white/red stripes with dimensions 1-2-1), appears a pirogue (catamaran) stylized with 5 men also stylized. The sail is facing the fly. The 5 men and the 5 waves represent the 5 archipelagos of the Territory: Windward Islands, Leeward islands, Tuamotu and Gambier islands, Austral Islands and the Marquesas Islands. The proportions of the flag are 2: 3
An Overseas Territory since 19-03-1946, the Territorial Collectivity of French Polynesia has had the status of Overseas Country since 27-2-2004.
WALLIS AND FUTUNA
The Territory includes three traditional kingdoms, each with its flag: in the order, Uvea which consists of the islands of Wallis, and Alo and Sigave which constitute the Futuna archipelago.
The archipelago has changed its protectorate status against that of Overseas Territory on 29-07-1961, after a referendum. The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Territorial Collectivity.
New Caledonia has officially deployed two flags since July 17, 2010, date of the visit of the Prime Minister, after the government of New Caledonia has offered to fly the flag of the FLNKS alongside the tricolour. Indeed the new status of 1999 obtained after the Noumea agreement of 5-5-1998 allowed the country to adopt a particular official flag.
The country had the status of Overseas Territory from 28-12-1956, with autonomy since 22-7-1957, extended since 22-1-1988 (applied on 14-7-1989). The status was modified on 19-3-1999, allowed a flag and changed the country's name. The referendum law on 9-11-1998 created 3 provinces of full exercise.
The French Constitution as amended on 28-3-2003, gives it the status of Overseas Collectivity under specific status.