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Marseilles (Municipality, Bouches-du-Rhône, France): Variants of the flag

Last modified: 2005-02-26 by ivan sache
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Vertical flag of Marseilles

[Vertical flag]by Ivan Sache

A vertical version of the municipal flag of Marseilles can be seen in front of the Stade Vélodrome (football stadium), alternating with vertical Tricolore flags.

Ivan Sache, 6 November 2000

Flag with a cross resarcelee

[Flag with a cross resarcelee]by Ivan Sache

Thierry Gilabert reported a possible variant of the municipal flag of Marseilles. The flag is shown on a colour poster released by the tourism office of Marseilles, shown without caption on the Lexilogos website.

The poster shows a huge flag hoisted over the St. John's tower, located at the entrance of the Vieux-Port. The flag is white with a light blue cross but the cross is resarcelee, that is the cross is bordered by a thin light blue stripe separated from the cross by a thin white stripe.

I suppose that this cross is an artistic licence. It might have been the source for the logotype of the municipality of Marseilles, which shows a similar cross.

Ivan Sache, 8 July 2004

Flag of Marseilles shown on BBC

[Flag shown on BBC]by André Coutanche

I have just been watching a BBC tv programme broadcast as part of their continuing education service. It was a combined language-learning programme cum travelogue filmed in Provence, including locations in Aix and Marseilles.

One of Marseilles sequences showed the presenter sailing out from the Vieux Port on a traditional wooden boat which was flying a flag which is clearly a variation on the traditional Marseille "blue cross on white field". It also seems to reflect an historical flag of Marseilles shown on ancient flag charts, but having a canton with the blue and white reversed.

The copyright date on the programme was 2002, and in other sequences people were buying things in francs but the euro prices were also shown, so my guess is that the location shots were probably filmed about four years ago.

André Coutanche, 22 January 2004