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The Blois flag depicts a porcupine (the emblem of Louis XII) and a wolf (in reference to the city’s etymology). Motto: comius et eminus (both near and far). Certain historians believe that the name Blois is of Celtic origin, from the word bleiz, which is still used in the Breton language and means wolf. The many forests around Blois, which still exist, (Blois, Boulogne and Russy), would seem to back up the theory.

Sur le drapeau de Blois figure un porc-épic (emblème de Louis XII) et un loup (en référence à l’étymologie de la ville). Devise : cominus et eminus (de près et de loin). Le nom même de Blois serait celtique au dire de certains historiens qui le font venir du mot bleiz, gardé dans la langue bretonne et signifiant loup. Le voisinage des forêts, encore existantes, de Blois, de Boulogne et de Russy, donne une vraisemblance à cette étymologie.

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3 comments on “Porcupine and Wolf – Porc-épic et loup

  1. Susan Walter

    Did you hear that wolves are back in the Sologne? They are keeping the exact location secret, but there has been at least one verified wolf sighting.

  2. avril Post author

    @William – And even better now I know what the symbols!
    @Susan – No, I didn’t.

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