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Saint-Jean-le-Blanc (Municipality, Loiret, France)

Last modified: 2005-02-26 by ivan sache
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[Flag of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc]by Arnaud Leroy

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Presentation of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc

Saint-Jean-le-Blanc (8,500 inhabitants, 766 ha) is a city located 2 km south of Orléans, on the southern (left) bank of the river Loire. It was a borough of Orléans until the XIXth century. Saint-Jean refers to the patron saint of the city, St John the Baptist, whereas le Blanc (the White) might refer to the white coat of the Augustine monks, who once had a monastery in Saint-Jean.

Ivan Sache, 1 June 2004

Municipal flag of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc

The flag of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.

Olivier Touzeau, 1 June 2004

According to Brian Timms, the coat of arms of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc was adopted in 1987. It can be blazoned as:

D'Orléans (qui est de France au lambel à trois pendants d'argent) à l'Agneau Pascal posé en pointe contourné d'argent à la fasce ondée d'argent.

Timms note that the French blazon is not very clear and that the lamb is not contourné but regardant, that is watching to sinister. He gives the followoing English blazon:

Azure a fess wavy argent between in chief two fleurs de lys or and in base a Paschal lamb overall in chief a lable of three points dovetailed also of the second.

The coat of arms of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc is based on the traditional coat of arms of the Duchy of Orléans.
The white wave was added to symbolize the river Loire, whereas the Paschal lamb, replacing a fleur de lys, recalls the patron saint of the municipality.
The coat of arms can also be read "geographically", since Orléans and Saint-Jean-le-Blanc are located on either side of the river Loire, north and south, respectively.

Ivan Sache, 1 June 2004