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Wallis and Futuna Islands Flag

Although discovered by the Dutch and the British in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842. In 1959 the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory. The flag is red with four white isosceles triangles placed in the middle. The triangles have their apexes turned towards the centre and are at right angles to each other.

In the upper hoist there is a small French tri-colour separated from the red field by narrow white stripes. Red symbolizes courage, and white stands for purity of ideals. The triangles signify three native kings of the islands, and the French administrator; the French tri-colour is a reference to French sovereignty. Except for this addition the flag is the same as that which dates from the time of the reign of King I.P. Lavelua in the 19th century. The flag has no official status.

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