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French Polynesia Flag

Until the country gained autonomy in 1984, this flag was only flown beside the French tri-colour, and its official status was debatable. The red and white horizontal stripes recall the second national flag of the Kingdom of Tahiti, which was in use from1829-1847. To distinguish this flag from that of Tahiti, an emblem is placed in the centre.

Its main feature is a piragua, which is a status symbol, as well as a necessary means of fishing and transport. Aboard the piragua are five oarsmen to signify the five island groups: the Windward islands, the Leeward Islands, the Tuamotu archipelago, the Austral Islands and the Marquesas Islands. The golden yellow rays symbolize the sun and light, and the blue and white waves represent the sea and the riches of the Pacific Ocean upon which the people have always relied for there livelihood.

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