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Indre (Department, France)

Last modified: 2009-12-12 by ivan sache
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[Flag of the General Council of Indre]

Flag of the General Council of Indre - Image by Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009

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Administrative data

Code: 36
Region: Centre
Traditional provinces: Berry, Touraine, Poitou, Marche
Bordering departments: Cher, Creuse, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Vienne, Haute-Vienne

Area: 6,903 km2
Population (2009): 232,959 inhabitants

Préfecture: Châteauroux
Sous-préfectures: Le Blanc, La Châtre, Issoudun
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 26 cantons, 247 communes.

The department is named after river Indre (265 km), tributary of the Loire.

Ivan Sache, 11 November 2009

Flag of the General Council

A photo published in Le Berry Républicain on 7 August 2001 shows the flag of the General Council of Indre as white with the logo of the General Council.

The logo of the General Council of Indre, derived from a former logo, is made of a blue rectangle charged with a white raptor and "INDRE" in white letters. "CONSEIL GENERAL" is written in blue letters under the rectangle.
The raptor is a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus L.), locally known as scarcelle (in usual French, crécerelle). The bird is represented on the logo in its specific flight behaviour, known as "Holy Spirit", as a reference to the Holy Spirit's Dove. This is a nearly stationary flight, the bird facing the wind with its spread tail and wings forming a cross.
The bird most probably alludes to the region of Brenne, a flat area made of moors and more than 2,000 ponds, listed as a "humid area of international significance" by IUCN. More than 300 bird species can be spotted there; 40 of them, including the kestrel, live there all the year round.

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 30 September 2009