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Arms of French Cities: by département

Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain): per pale vert and sable a cross bottony argent.
The arms were granted in 1391 by Amédée de Savoie (whose colors they were), the cross of the order of Saint-Maurice added in 1560. Became French in 1860.
Belley (Ain): Argent a wolf rampant vert.

Gex (Ain):

Nantua (Ain): Azure on a sea vert a fish argent, on a chief gules a fleur-de-lys of the third.

Trévoux (Ain): Argent a tower gules windows, port and masoned sable, on a chief France modern.

Laon (Aisne): Argent three martlets sable on a chief France modern.
A seal of 1303 has a bird of prey. Croix de Guerre 1914-18 and 1939-45.
Bohain (Aisne): Azure the letter B ornate beneath a closed crown argent.

Château-Thierry (Aisne): Azure a castle with four towers and a dungeon argent between three fleurs-de-lys or.

Chauny (Aisne): Azure a castle within an orle of fleurs-de-lys all or .
These arms appear on a seal of 1475.
Guise (Aisne): Azure semy of fleur-de-lys or in dexter a lion argent.

Hirson (Aisne): Azure on a semi-circular terrasse a castle with three towers argent.
Croix de Guerre 1914-18.
La Fère (Aisne): barry of six vair and gules.

Saint-Quentin (Aisne): Azure a bust of Saint Quentin with a nail in each shoulder argent between three fleurs-de-lys or, on a canton in dexter chief gules the cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
The bust is on a seal of 1308. The town received the croix des mayeurs in 1746. A decree of May 6, 1897 granted the cross of the Legion of Honor in acknowledgement of the city's patriotism in 1870.
Soissons (Aisne): Gules a fleur-de-lys argent.
In 1819, on a complaint from Lille, the arms were changed to Azure a fleur-de-lys or.
Vervins (Aisne): Gules three towers argent per fess, ports sable.
Motto: Dieu en soit garde.
Moulins (Allier): Argent three crosses moline sable on a chief France modern.
Canting arms.
Bourbon-L'Archambault (Allier): France a bend gules.
The arms of the dukes of Bourbon.
Cusset (Allier): gules semy of escutcheons or.

Gannat (Allier): quarterly argent a thistle vert and azure an armored gauntlet reversed argent.

Lapalisse (Allier): Vert a saltire or.

Vichy (Allier): Or on two bars azure two pales argent.

Castellane (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence): Gules a castle triple-towered with conical roofs or.

Forcalquier (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence): Gules three pots or.

Manosque (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence): quarterly gules and azure on each quarter a hand couped dexter.
Canting arms ("manus" = hand in Latin).
Sisteron (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence): Azure the letter S beneath a crown, in chief two fleurs-de-lys and in base a bezant, all or.

Digne (Alpes-Mar): Azure a fleur-de-lys or between the letters L on each side (the one on the sinister side contourné), the letter D in point and a cross in chief all argent .
The fleurs-de-lys under the counts of Provence, the Ls under Louis XIV.
Nice (Alpes-Mar): Argent on a sea azure three rocks sable thereon an eagle gules.
On a seal of 1424.
Grasse (Alpes-Mar): Azure on a mound vert a lamb argent holding a banner gules ensigned with a cross sable.

Puget-Théniers (Alpes-Mar): Azure a cross patty argent.

Villefranche (Alpes-Mar): Azure on a mount a tree vert, on a chief gules a cross argent.

Antibes (Alpes-Mar.): Azure a cross argent between four fleurs-de-lys or, in chief a label gules.
The fleurs-de-lys and label recall the arms of the Anjou family, counts of Provence. The cross probably recalls Antibes as a port of departure for crusades.
Cannes (Alpes-Mar.): Azure a palm per bend sinister argent between two fleurs-de-lys or.

Privas (Ardèche): Or on a base a tree vert, on a chief azure three stars argent.

Annonay (Ardèche): chequy or and gules.
Arms of the family of Roussillon d'Annonay.
Bourg-Saint-Andéol (Ardèche): Gules three pilgrims' staff argent, on a chief azure a scimitar of the second hilted or.

Largentière (Ardèche): Azure a castle with two turrets and a dungeon thereon a banner, all argent, the port and windows sable.
On a seal of 1303 (the castle on the obverse and the banner on the reverse).
Teil (Ardèche): Azure semy-de-lys argent.

Tournon (Ardèche): Azure three towers argent windows and port sable.
Canting arms.
Charleville (Ardennes):

Fumay (Ardennes): Azure three wolves' heads argent, those in chief affronté.

Givet (Ardennes): per fess gules on a saltire or a rifle argent, and azure on a point vert three towers argent, the ones at dexter and sinister ported sable.
Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Mézières (Ardennes): Gules the capital letter M beneath two rakes or.
The two rakes come from the arms of the counts of Rethel, which have three. They appear on a 13th c. seal.
Rethel (Ardennes): gules three rakes or.
Arms of the counts of Rethel.
Rocroi (Ardennes): Azure three roses argent.

Sedan (Ardennes): argent on a point a tree vert and in front a boar passant sable.

Foix (Ariège): or three pallets gules.

Mirepoix (Ariège): Gules a fish or on a chief azure three stars of the second.

Pamiers (Ariège): quarterly of six in three rows: gules a lion argent, azure a fleur-de-lys or, barry of six argent and gules, gules a double-headed eagle argent, gules a castle argent and or on a mount a tree vert.

Saint-Girons (Ariège): Azure a bell or.
A castle between two bells on a 1303 seal.
Saint-Lizier (Ariège): Azure a bell argent the clapper sable.

Troyes (Aube): Azure a bend argent between two bendlets potent-counterpotent or.
Arms of Champagne, used on a 1217 seal.
Arcis-sur-Aube (Aube): Azure six plates 3, 2, and 1, a chief or, within a bordure gules.

Bar-sur-Aube (Aube): Azure a bend argent between two cotices potent-counterpotent or.
Arms of the counts of Champagne.
Bar-sur-Seine (Aube): per pale gules two "bars" addorsed or, and Champagne .

Bray-sur-Seine (Aube): Argent a bend wavy azure on a chief France modern.
Arms in DHP.
Nogent-sur-Seine (Aube): Azure a fess argent fimbriated potent counter-potent or betwen a sun in his glory in chief and three fleurs-de-lys in base of the last.
Arms in DHP. The fess recalls the arms of Champagne.
Carcassone (Aude): Azure a city gate with two towers and conical roofs argent, between the towers an escutcheon of France.
An eagle appears on the reverse of a 1228 seal, with the shield of France on the obverse.
Alet-les-Bains (Aude): azure a long cross pometty (i.e. with two knobs at the ends) or between two wings around the long end and clasped by two hands in point below the wings argent, in chief two stars of five points of the second.
The cross on a seal of 1240.
Castelnaudary (Aude): Gules a castle triple-towered argent, on a chief France modern.
The castle appears on a seal of 1243.
Lézignan (Aude): Azure a chevron argent between three birds or on nests sable, on a chief gules a crescent of the second between two stars of the third.

Linoux (Aude): or on a point vert Saint Martin dividing his coat with the beggar proper.
Seal of 1303.
Narbonne (Aude): Gules a key erect or and a patriarchal cross argent, on a chief France modern.
13th c. seals have the cross behind a paschal lamb. The key and the cross on a seal of 1433.
Rodez (Aveyron): gules three annulets or on a chief France modern.
The annulets are sometimes bezants. Canting arms ("rota" = wheel in Latin).
Conques (Aveyron):
on a seal of 1303 a cauldron (conque in old French) and a fleur-de-lys.
Espalion (Aveyron): Or a lion holding in its mouth a sword, all gules .

Milhau (Aveyron): Or four pallets gules, on a chief azure three fleurs-de-lys argent.
The four pallets appear with an escarbuncle over all on a seal of 1243. A chief of France ancient is on a seal of 1303.
Rieupeyroux (Aveyron):
A 1388 seal shows a crozier and a mitre and a triangular chief with France modern.
Saint-Affrique (Aveyron): Or on a cross flory a crescent gules brochant, on a chief France modern.
A 1388 seal has a cross of Toulouse and the chief of France.
Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron): Gules on a bridge of three arches two square towers embattled argent masoned sable, between the towers a cross of Toulouse or, on a chief France modern.
On a 1390 seal.
Belfort (Belfort): Azure a tower or, port open, with conical roof and banner argent, between the letters B F of the second, on a point gules the cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
The Legion of Honor was awarded to the city on Apr 10, 1896 for its heroic resistance to a German siege in 1870.
Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône): Argent a cross azure.
A seal of 1224 shows Saint Victor with a shield bearing a cross.
Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône): Azure a lion sejant guardant holding a gonfalon ensigned with the monogram Chi-Rho, all or.
Motto: ab ira leonis, urbs Arelatensis hostibus hostis et ensis, freed from the rage of the lion the city of Arles will be an army and a sword to its enemies. The lion appears passant guardant on medieval seals, first in 1203.
Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône): Azure, a sea beneath the letters A V interlaced, all argent.

Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône): Gules over a sea a tower embattled thereon three hammers between two keys all argent.
Canting arms ("marteau" = hammer).
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône): Or four pallets gules on a chief France modern.

Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône): or a lion sable holding in dexter base an escutcheon azure thereon a fleur-de-ys or.
Tarascon (Bouches-du-Rhône): Azure a six-legged dragon with webbed feet or swallowing a man argent, on a chief gules a castle with three towers argent masoned sable, port open.
The castle and the monster beneath it on a 1231 seal. The "tarasque", an amphibious monster is an allusion to a local legend. Motto: concordia felix.
Dijon (Côte-d'Or): Gules on a chief per pale Burgundy ancient and modern.
The city's arms were originally gules plain; the chief was granted by the duke of Burgundy in 1391 (Dijon was his capital), and appears on a 15th c. seal. The cross of the Legion of Honor, for heroic resistance in 1870-71, was placed on the field by decree of May 18, 1899, but it was removed and placed under the shield by the Mayor in 1962.
Auxonne (Côte-d'Or): per pale, per fess Burgyndy ancient and modern and azure, a cross anchory argent.

Beaune (Côte d'Or): Azure the Virgin Mary holding Jesus and a lilly argent.
Châtillon-sur-Seine (Côte-d'Or): Gules a castle with two towers, ports of the field, on a chief France modern.
Motto: Châtillon au noble duc.
Nolay (Côte-d'Or): Argent a chevron gules between seven martlets sable, 4 above and 3 below.

Saulieu (Côte-d'Or): Gules a sword per pale argent hilted or.
Arms in DHP. An 18th c. variant has the sword between two fleurs-de-lys and another in chief or.
Semur-en-Auxois (Côte-d'Or): Gules a tower argent thereon an escutcheon bearing or two bend azure.

Dinan (Côtes-d'Armor): Gules a castle triple-towered or and a chief ermine.

Guingamp (Côtes-d'Armor): barry of four argent and gules.

Lamballe (Côtes-d'Armor): Azure three garbs or.

Lannion (Côtes-d'Armor): Azure a paschal lamb couchant argent.
Canting arms ("l'agneau" = the lamb).
Loudéac (Côtes-d'Armor): Azure three fusils argent on a chief gules three mascles or.
The chief recalls the arms of Rohan.
Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d'Armor): Azure a griffin or armed and langued gules.

Tréguier (Côtes-d'Armor): Azure a tower argent windows, port and masoned sable.

Caen (Calvados): per fess gules and azure three fleurs-de-lys or.

Bayeux (Calvados): Gules a lion passant guardant beneath the letters B X all or.
Alludes to the arms of Normandy.
Condé-sur-Noireau (Calvados): Azure a fleur-de-lys argent.

Falaise (Calvados): Gules a castle with a dungeon all argent.
The castle appears, built on a cliff ("falaise" in French) on a 1311 seal.
Honfleur (Calvados): Gules a tower surmounted by a turret argent betweeen two fleurs-de-lys or, on a chief France modern.

Lisieux (Calvados): Argent two keys per saltire between four stars of six points all purpure, on a chief France modern.

Pont-L'Évêque (Calvados): Gules to oxen passant per pale or on a chief France modern.
Vire (Calvados): Argent an arrow falling between two towers argent.

Aurillac (Cantal): gules three escallops argent, a chief France modern.
An escallop appears on a seal of 1284, the full arms with the chief on a seal of late 15th c. The chief was conceded by Charles VII.
Mauriac (Cantal): Gules three annulets gules pierced argent and a chief or.

Murat (Cantal): Azure three walls masoned embattled argent, the one in base with a port sable.
Canting arms ("mur" = wall).
Saint-Flour (Cantal): Per pale azure and or a semy-de-lys counterchanged within a bordure engrailed gules.

Angoulême (Charente): Azure a city gate double-towered argent,masoned and port sable, between the turrets a fleur-de-lys beneath a royal crown or.
The gate replaced a 16th c. castle in 1660. The fleur-de-lys and crown were added in 1534 to recall the accession of François of Orléans-Angoulême to the throne.
Barbezieux (Charente): Or an escutcheon azure.

Cognac (Charente): Argent on a horse sable harnessed or a man proper vested azure with a cloak gules holding a mace, on a chief France modern.

Confolens (Charente): Or on a river azure a bridge with three towers argent, above the towers the letters C F L sable.

Jarnac (Charente): Or three chubs (chabots) haurient gules.
Canting arms of the Chabot family.
Ruffec (Charente): vair, on a chief fess pally of six argent and sable.
Arms in DHL.
La Rochelle (Charente-Mar): Gules on a sea a ship argent, on a chief France modern.
A 1308 seal shows a wolf before a tree. The ship appears on a 1437 seal.
Marans (Charente-Mar): Azure on a semy of crosses potent fitchy or a crescent argent.

Marennes (Charente-Mar): Azure on a sea a lymphad and in dexter chief a star all argent.

Pons (Charente-Mar): Argent a fess bendy of six gules and or.

Rochefort-sur-Mer (Charente-Mar): per fess, per pale azure a star of six points radiant or and or on a mount a tower embattled sable, and sable on a sea a ship argent sails or.

Saint-Jean-d'Angély (Charente-Mar): Azure a semy-de-lys or on a canton in dexter chief gules the head of Saint John Baptist in a cup argent.
On a seal of 1356. The city developed around a monastery to which Peppin of Aquitaine gave the head of Saint John in the 9th c.
Saintes (Charente-Mar): Gules on water in base a bridge of three arches thereon three towers argent masoned sable, on a chief France modern.

Bourges (Cher): Azure three ewes passant argent gorged and belled gules within a bordure engrailed of the last, a chief France modern.
The bordure recalls the mark of cadency of the dukes of Berry. The lambs or ewes (berbix) are canting.
Mehun-sur-Yèvre (Cher): Azure three fleurs-de-lys or and a canton gules in dexter chief.

Romorantin (Cher): quarterly azure a salamander or flaming gules and sable two keys per saltire argent.
The town belonged to François I who used the salamander as badge; quarter added in 1522.
Saint-Amand-Mont-Rond (Cher): Azure a sword argent hilted or between two fleurs-de-lys of the last.

Sancerre (Cher): Gules a portcullis (between two laurel branches per saltire) or.
The laurel branches are omitted in some versions.
Tulle (Corrèze): Gules three rocs or, on a chief France modern.
The chief is not in DHL (late 17th c.).
Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze): Azure nine wheat stalks arranged in groups of three.
On a seal of 1207.
Treignac (Corrèze): Argent three bends wavy sable.
Arms in DHL.
Ussel (Corrèze): Gules three bends wavy or.
Arms in DHL.
Guéret (Creuse): Azure on a mound vert a stag passant or before three poplar trees of the second.
Canting arms: guéret means wilderness in old French.
Aubusson (Creuse): argent a bush vert.
Canting arms ("buisson" in French).
Bourganeuf (Creuse): sable three chevrons argent.
The chevrons are wavy in DHL.
Boussac (Creuse): Azure three garbs or banded gules.

La Souteraine (Creuse): Azure three bars or.
Arms in DHL.
Périgueux (Dordogne): Gules a city gate flanked by two towers with conical roofs, all or, beneath a fleur-de-lys or.
A walled city appears on 14th c. seals, between two fleur-de-lys on a 1438 seal.
Bergerac (Dordogne): per pale France ancient and azure a wyvern argent.
On a mid-14th c. seal.
Nontron (Dordogne): Azure a tower argent the port gules between two fleurs-de-lys or.

Ribérac (Dordogne): Or three bars vert on a saltire argent a star of six points azure.

Sarlat (Dordogne): Gules a salamander crowned flaming or, on a chief France modern.=

Besançon (Doubs): or a double-headed eagle displayed sable holding in each claw an antique column gules.
On a seal of 1441 (the eagle is one-headed). The columns appear as early as 1276, alluding to the city's Roman ruins; the eagle to the city's status as free Imperial city since 1043. It became French in 1677.
Montbéliard (Doubs): Gules on a cross argent a star azure.

Ornans (Doubs): Gules a tower argent on a chief azure a billety and a lion or.
Chief of Franche-Comté.
Pontarlier (Doubs): Gules a tower argent, ports, windows and masoned sable, joined to the sinsiter flank by a bridge of three arches of the same.

Valence (Drôme): Gules on a cross argent a tower azure.

Crest (Drôme):

Die (Drôme): Gules a castle triple-towered or.

Montélimar (Drôme): Gules an orb azure the band argent fimbriated or, crossed of the last.
violating
Nyons (Drôme): Argent a castle with three towers gules, the middle tower higher than the others, windows, port and masoned sable.

Saint-Vallier (Drôme): Quarterly 1 and 4 or a dolphin argent, 2 azure six plates 3, 2 and 1 and a chief or, and 3 azure a horse's head erased on a chief gules three crosses argent.

Étampes (Essonne): Gules a a tower embattled with two turrets or, the port sable, bearing above its port an escutcheon of France debruised by a cotice pery gules bearing three lions argent.
Arms in DHP.


Corbeil (Essonne): Azure on a heart gules a fleur-de-lys or.
Canting arms (Cor= heart in Latin).
Évry (Essonne):

Évreux (Eure): France a bend gobony argent and gules.
Arms of the counts of Évreux. An eagle appears on a 1249 seal.
Igny (Essonne): Argent on an escutcheon azure between four lions gules, a fess or between two martlets argent and two escallops or.

Andelys (Eure): per pale dimidiated, argent three clusters of grapes purpure, and gules three castles triple-towered argent, on a chief France modern. Motto: Fecit utraque unum.
The town was formed in 1790 by the union of Le Petit Andely and Le Grand Andely, whose arms were dimidiated (DCE).
Bernay (Eure): Azure a lion or armed and tongued gules.
Arms of the Montgommery family which owned the county of Bernay until 1218 (DCE).
Gisors (Eure): Gules a cross engrailed or on a chief France modern .
An 18th c. version is: or a stag lodged gules, on a chief France modern. (DCE)
Louviers (Eure): per pale azure the capital letter L argent passing through a crown or, and azure a lion or and a bordure gules bezanty or.
The arms date from 1442, when Charles VII, in recognition of the town's loyalty in the war against the English, granted it a number of privileges, as well as the crowned L (DCE).
Pont-Audemer (Eure): Gules over water in base a bridge of four arches on a chief France modern.
On a seal of 1260, probably (the seal is damaged).
Pont-de-l'Arche (Eure): Gules over water in base a bridge of four arches argent masoned sable, thereon a cross between two towers of the second, on a chief France modern.
The chief was granted in 1589 by Henri IV (DCE).
Verneuil (Eure): per pale, or a lion gules on a chief France modern and azure a fleur-de-lys or.
The lion on a 1228 seal.
Vernon (Eure): Argent three garbs vert bound gules, on a chief France modern.
(DCE)
Chartres (Eure-et-Loir): Gules three coins of the ancient counts of Chartres argent, on a chief France modern.
The coins bear a fleur-de-lys at sinister, an inverted gamma with two ellipses under the horizontal bar, and four vertical dots or a vertical indented line at dexter. This design can be seen on 12th c. coins from Chartres.
Châteaudun (Eure-et-Loir): Gules three crescents argent, on a chief Azure a cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
A 14th c. seal shows a shield with three pales vair and a chief plain. The cross commemorates the heroic defense of the city in 1870, and was awarded on Oct 3, 1877.
Dreux (Eure-et-Loir): Chequy azure and or.
Arms of the counts of Dreux.
Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir): Azure a lion argent between two fleurs-de-lys or.

Quimper (Finistère): Azure a ram passant argent and a chief ermine.
The ram is a canting device on the county of Cornouaille ("corne" horn and "ouaille" = sheep). The chief recalls Brittany.
Brest (Finistère): per pale dimidiated France and Brittany. Hanging from the shield, from dexter to sinister the Croix de Guerre 1939-45, the Legion of Honor and the cross of the Order of the Liberation.

Châteaulin (Finistère): per pale dimidiated France and azure a semy of ermine-spots sable, in chief a fish or.

Concarneau (Finistère): ermine three battle-axes gules in pale.

Landerneau (Finistère): Azure a ship or, flying a banner of Rohan (gules nine mascles or in three rows of three), a banner of Brittany (ermine plain), and a banner of Léon (or a lion sable).
Landerneau was the capital of the county of Léon in the Rohan family, who were related to the dukes of Brittany.
Morlaix (Finistère): Gules on a sea azure a ship argent with sails ermine. Supporters: a two-headed lion guardant and a lion. Motto: S'ils te mordent mords-les.
The supporters and motto recall the repulsion of an English attack in 1522. The motto puns on the name of the city and means "if they bite you bite them."
Pont-L'Abbé (Finistère): Or a lion gules.

Quimperlé (Finistère): Ermine a cock gules armed, combed and wattled or.
Nîmes (Gard): Gules on a mount a palm tree and a crocodile chained thereto all vert, between the words COL and NEM or.
Arms taken from Roman coinage of the city (Colonia Nemausis).
Alais, al. Alès (Gard): gules a sinister wing argent.
On a seal of 1303. Canting arms ("aile" = wing).
Bagnols-sur-Ceuze (Gard): Azure three firkins or tubs ( tinettes, cuvettes) each suspended from a ring by three ribbons, all or; on a chief vert three fleurs-de-lys of the second..

Beaucaire (Gard): quarterly or and gules.
On an 18th c. seal with the collar of the Order of Saint-Michel.
Pont-Saint-Esprit (Gard): Gules over water in base a bridge of four arches argent masoned sable thereon a cross or between two towers with conical roofs of the second, over the cross a dove displayed of the second.
On an 18th c. seal.
Saint-Hyppolyte-du-Fort (Gard): Azure on a mount a castle with two towers argent masoned and the port sable, the tower at dexter higher than the other.

Uzès (Gard): barry of six argent and gules on a chief France modern.

Auch (Gers): per pale, gules a paschal lamb argent and argent a lion gules.
On a seal of 1398. The arms impale those of the burghers of Auch and their lord the count of Fezensac.
Condom (Gers): Gules on a river a bridge with five towers argent, in chief above the towers dexter and sinister a key of the second, wards facing.
The bridge with five towers appears on the obverse of a 13th c. seal, and Saint Peter holding the keys on the reverse.
Eauze (Gers): Gules on an escutcheon argent a bend wavy vert.

Fleurance (Gers): Argent a double-headed eagle sable on a chief France modern.

L'Isle-Jourdain (Gers): Grand-quarterly, 1 and 4 quarterly argent a lion gules and argent a lion gules (sic!), 2 and 3 gules a cross of Toulouse or.

Lectoure (Gers): Gules two rams passant per pale argent.
A ram on a 1303 seal.
Lombez (Gers): Gules a lance per bend argent.

Mirande (Gers): Azure three plates fimbriated or.

Bordeaux (Gironde): Gules on a sea azure a crescent argent, over it a city gate with two towers and an arch over the gate from which a bell hangs, of the second, beneath a lion passant guardant or, on a chief France ancient.
The distinctive gate appears on a 1297 seal, three lions on a 1386 seal. The lion alludes to the arms of Guyenne, the crescent to a bend in the river Garonne where the city is located. The gate is one of the landmarks of the city.
Bazas (Gironde): Gules a city gate, on its battlements Saint John Baptist and his executioner about to behead him, all or.

Blaye (Gironde): Azure on a sea a castle with two towers argent beneath a fleur-de-lys or.

Bourg-sur-Gironde (Gironde): Azure three fleurs-de-lys or.

La Réole (Gironde): Azure a castle argent masoned sable in chief three fleurs-de-lys or.

Langon (Gironde): or three pales gules.

Lesparre (Gironde): lozengy argent and gules.

Libourne (Gironde): Azure on a sea a ship with three masts sails unfurled, on top of each mast a fleur-de-lys couped, on the waves a crescent, all argent.
The ship on a 15th c. seal.
Pauillac (Gironde): Gules on a sea a ship argent.

Saint-Émilion (Gironde):
A semy of fleurs-de-lys on a 1308 seal.
Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (Gironde):
a cross couped between five bezants on a 1309 seal.
Caraman (Haute-Garonne):
a seal of 1303 shows two escutcheons, the first bearing per pale two fleurs-de-lys per pale and two castles per pale, the second the cross of Toulouse.
Carbonne (Haute-Garonne):
a seal of 1303 shows per pale three fleurs-de-lys per pale and three castles per pale.
Muret (Haute-Garonne): quarterly gules a castle argent and gules four otelles argent.
The second coat is that of the counts of Comminges. Woodward argues that the coat was originally a cross patty, and that over time the field became the charge and the charge became the field.
Revel (Haute-Garonne): Gules a capital letter R argent beneath a crown or.

Saint-Gaudens (Haute-Garonne): Azure a bell argent.

Saint-Lys (Haute-Garonne): Azure two angels supporting a bell argent, between five fleurs-de-lys, three in chief and two in base.

DT>Toulouse (Haute-Garonne): Gules a paschal lamb holding a staff with the cross of Toulouse, between a castle and a church argent masoned sable, on a chief France ancient.

The church is the church of Saint-Sernin with a distinctive steeple, the castle is the "château narbonnais". Both appear on the obverse, the lamb with cross on the reverse of a 1214 seal.
Villemur (Haute-Garonne): Gules a wall embattled or between a crescent and two stars in chief and a star in base argent, on a chief France modern.
The wall embattled on a 1243 seal. Canting arms ("mur" = wall).
Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire): Azure on a semy-de-lys or an eagle argent.
The semy was granted by Louis IX in 1254.
Brioude (Haute-Loire): per pale azure three fleurs-de-lys argent and azure a letter B beneath a royal crown argent.

Craponne (Haute-Loire): Azure an escutcheon quarterly gules and argent between an orle of fleurs-de-lys or.

Langeac (Haute-Loire): Azure a cock argent beneath a fleur-de-lys or.

Monistrol-sur-Loire (Haute-Loire): Azure an arm issuant from dexter holding a crozier and a sword per pale in sinister, all argent.

Chaumont (Haute-Marne): per pale gules a demi-escarbuncle or and Champagne, on a chief France modern.
The escarbuncle was originally the arms of Navarre. The arms Navarre and Champagne per pale appear on a 14th c. seal.
Joinville (Haute-Marne): Azure three barnacles extended (broies) or, on a chief argent a lion issuant gules.
The family of Joinville is related to the English Geneville who bear the same arms.
Langeais (Haute-Marne): Azure on a semy of fleurs-de-lys or a saltire gules fimbriated argent.

Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne): Azure a castle with two towers and a dungeon within argent, the port gules, the dungeon between the letters S and D of the second.
The castle is on a 1308 seal. By decree of Aug. 25, 1905 the Legion of Honor was granted to the city to commemorate its resistance to a Spanish siege in 1544.
Wassy (Haute-Marne): Argent a lance with a pennon gules and a cross argent, and a lance with a flag argent, per saltire, in chief the letter W sable, on a chief France modern.
I don't know what the flags allude to.
Vesoul (Haute-Saône): Gules a crescent argent on a chief azure a billety and a lion issuant or.
The chief bears the arms of Franche-Comté.
Gray (Haute-Saône): per fess azure on a billety a lion or, and argent three flames gules.
The arms include the arms of Franche-Comté.
Héricourt (Haute-Saône): per fess gules a scale argent and argent a T gules.

Lure (Haute-Saône): Azure a sun in his glory or.

Luxeuil (Haute-Saône): gules a sun in his glory or, on a chief azure billety or a lion argent issuant.
Canting arms ("lux" = light in Latin). The chief recalls the arms of Nevers.
Villefranche-de-Lauraguais (Haute-Saône): gules two towers argent in chief a cross of Toulouse or, on a chief France modern.

Annecy (Haute-Savoie): Gules a trout per bend argent.
The tinctures recall the arms of Savoie. Arms dating from the 16th c.
Bonneville (Haute-Savoie): Quarterly gules a cross argent and pally of six argent and gules.

Rumilly (Haute-Savoie): Gules an eagle argent.

Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (Haute-Savoie): Azure two griffons affrontés or.

Thonon-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie): per pale or and azure.

Limoges (Haute-Vienne): Gules the bust of Saint-Martial between the letters S and M argent, on a chief France modern.
Saint Martial evangelized the area in the 3d century. The head appears on a seal of 1246. The chief was granted in 1421.
Bellac (Haute-Vienne):
Azure on a sea argent a tower beneath three fleurs-de-lys or.

Rochechouart (Haute-Vienne): Barry nebuly of six argent and gules.
Arms of the counts of Rochechouart.
Saint-Germain-les-Belles-Filles (Haute-Vienne): Argent a bend sinister azure.
Arms in DHL. You've gotta love a town named like this.
Saint-Junien (Haute-Vienne): Azure a lion crowned with a closed crown or.
Arms in DHL.
Saint-Léonard (Haute-Vienne): Azure two horns per fess between three fleurs-de-lys two in chief and one in base all or.
DHL has different arms: azure two bows or stringed argent per saltire beneath a lion passant of the second.
Saint-Yreix (Haute-Vienne): per pale France and gules a crozier or.
DHL has different arms: Or three pales gules.
Gap (Hautes-Alpes): Azure a gate with four towers or, the middle ones with conical roofs.

Briançon (Hautes-Alpes): Azure a castle triple-towered argent .

Embrun (Hautes-Alpes): Gules a cross argent.

Bagnières-de-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées): Gules a castle in perspective with three towers argent.

Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées): Quarterly or and gules.
On a 1489 seal.
Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine): Gules on a river a nave argent before a bridge masoned or, on a chief azure three lillies or.
The lillies and the bridge recall old ford on the Seine (Portus Lulliaci).
Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine): per pale azure a fleur-de-lys dimidiated or and azure a crozier dimidiated or.
Cloud, or Clodoald, was a Merovingian prince.
Montpellier (Hérault): Azure within a gothic portal or the Virgin Mary proper vested gules, beneath the uncial letters A and M in chief and in base on an escutcheon argent a torteau.
The letters stand for Ave Maria. The virgin and the letters A and M on a seal of 1218. The escutcheon is that of Guilhem, seigneur of Montpellier, and is added on a seal of 1371.
Agde (Hérault): or three bars wavy azure.
On a seal of 1303, as a banner.
Béziers (Hérault): argent three bars gules, on a chief France ancient.
Medieval seals show a knight on horse with arms (barry of a tincture and ermine in 1226, France in 1303). Bél;ziers was captured in 1209 and given to Simon de Montfort, whose son ceded it to the French king.
Capestang (Hérault): per pale argent an eagle standing on one leg, head contourné sable, and argent a lion gules.
An eagle and a lion passant guardant crowned appear on a 1303 seal.
Cette (Hérault): Azure a whale embowed counterembowed spouting water from its nose argent.
The city was created in 1666. The arms are canting in Latin ("cete" = whale).
Clermont-Lodève (Hérault): argent a fess gules between two ermine spots sable and a torteau, on a chief azure two fleurs-de-lys or.
On a seal of 1760.
Lodève (Hérault): Azure a cross between a star of six points, a crescent, a letter L and a letter D all or.

Lunel (Hérault): Azure a crescent or.
Canting arms ("lune" = moon).
Mèze (Hérault): Azure a paschal lamb between three stars all argent.
Pézenas (Hérault): Argent three bars gules on a canton in dexter chief or a dolphin azure, on a chief France modern.

Saint-Pons (Hérault): Argent a tree vert between the letters S and P or.
The tree appears on three stairs on a 1303 seal.
Rennes (Ille-Et-Vilaine): pally of six argent and sable on a chief ermine.
Rennes was the capital of Brittany.
Combourg (Ille-et-Vilaine): Quarterly argent and gules.

Dol (Ille-et-Vilaine): ermine plain.

Fougéres (Ille-et-Vilaine): Or a fern vert.
Three fern branches and a chief ermine appear on a mid-15th c. seal. Canting arms ("fougère" = fern).
La Guerche (Ille-et-Vilaine): Gules three lions passant guardant or.

Montfort-sur-Meu (Ille-et-Vilaine): Argent a cross gules gringolée of wolves' heads or.

Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine): Azure on a sea a ship argent and a chief ermine.

Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine): Gules five pallets fitchy issuant from base fretted with three barrulets or, nailed argent, thereon an ermine courant of the last, from its collar a mantle flowing ermine.
Another town in Brittany using the ducal badge of the ermine as a charge. The arms were adopted in 1615. Ducal coronet, two palms surrounding the shield. Motto: semper fidelis.
Saint-Servan (Ille-et-Vilaine): Azure ona sea argent a lymphad of the same sail or, sailing toward a tower at sinister sable, a chief ermine.


Vitré (Ille-et-Vilaine): Gules a lion beneath a crown argent.

Châteauroux (Indre): Azure a castle with two towers argent, a roof over the central part and conical roofs on the towers gules.
Canting arms (red castle).
Buzançais (Indre): Gules three trefoils argent.

Issoudun (Indre): Azure a pairle between three fleurs-de-lys or.

La Châtre (Indre): vert three tents argent lined gules.
An 18th c. version has: gules a cross anchory vair, on a chief France modern.
Levroux (Indre): Gules on a point gules (sic) a castle with two drawbridges extending to the flanks argent, on a chief France modern.

Tours (Indre-et-Loire): Sable three towers argent window and port sable and a Croix de Guerre 1939-45 proper in the center point, on a chief France.=
Amboise (Indre-et-Loire): or three pallets gules, on a chief France modern.

Châteaurenault (Indre-et-Loire): Azure a castle with three towers in perspective.

Chinon (Indre-et-Loire): Azure three castles 2 and 1 between three fleurs-de-lys 1 and 2.
Motto: petite ville, grand renom (used since the 15th c.).
Langeais (Indre-et-Loire): Or a seagull argent holding in its beak a fish of the first, on a chief sable three towers argent with ports gules. Motto: Alae gaviae vicus.

Loches (Indre-et-Loire): Vert six loaches (fishes) 3, 2 and 1, on a chief France modern.
Canting arms.
Grenoble (Isère): Or three roses gules.
Supposedly canting arms ("graine noble" = noble seed).
Bourgoin (Isère): Azure three crescents argent, on a chief or a dolphin erect of the second.
The dolphin alludes to the Dauphiné where this town is located.
La Tour-du-Pin (Isère): per pale gules a tower argent windows and port sable, and argent a pine tree vert.
Canting arms.
Saint-Marcellin (Isère): Azure on a fess or a fleur-de-lys gules between two dolphins addossés of the field, in base a rose argent.
The dolphins allude to the name and arms of the province Dauphiné.
Vienne (Isère): or on an oak tree eradicated vert fructed argent a chalice or, issuant therefrom a host argent bearing the words VIENNA CIVITAS SANCTA.

Voiron (Isère): Azure a scythe and a weaver's shuttle per saltire argent, on a chief gules a deer passant of the second.

Lons-le-Saunier (Jura): quarterly, 1 gules a bend or, 2 or a bugle-horn azure stringed gules, 3 argent, and 4 argent.
The first and second quarters are the arms of the counts of Chalons and Orange respectively. The last two quarters recall the town's salt-mining.
Dôle (Jura): per fess, azure on a billety a lion issuant or, and Gules a sun radiant or.
The capital of Franche-Comté for a long time, the upper arms are those of the province.

Morez (Jura): Or from a fess wavy in base issuant a cog-wheel thereon a pine tree, all argent.
Probably a 19th c. invention for this industrial town.
Poligny (Jura): Argent on a chief azure billety a lion or.
The chief bears the arms of Franche-Comté.
Saint-Claude (Jura): Or a pine tree vert on a chief azure a crescent argent.

Salins (Jura): Or a bend gules.

Mont-de-Marsan (Landes): Azure two keys erect the wards turned towards each other argent.
A key on a seal of 1312.
Arcachon (Landes):
the arms are a 19th c. monstrosity.
Saint-Sever (Landes): per pale dimidiated azure three fleur-de-lys or and gules nine ermine spots in three rows of three argent.

Dax (Landes): Azure on a sea-shore a tower argent beneath a fleur-de-lys or and upheld by a lion of the last.

Gabarret (Landes):
a late-14th c. seal shows a lion holding a sword.
Geaune (Landes):

Blois (Loir-et-Cher): Azure a fleur-de-lys or.
Supporters: a porcupine and a wolf. Louis XII, whose badge was the porcupine, granted the fleur-de-lys in 1492. Supposedly, the wolf (bleiz in Celtic) is a canting device.
Vendôme (Loir-et-Cher): On argent and a chief gules a lion azure, armed, langued and crowned or.
Violates the tinctures rule.
Saint-Étienne (Loire): Azure two palms per saltire between a royal crown in chief or and three crosslets pommy argent.

Bourg-Argental (Loire): Gules a lion contourné or.

Montbrison (Loire): Azure on a mountain a castle with one tower argent, the port gules, in chief three fleurs-de-lys or.

Perreux (Loire): Quarterly, 1. gules a bugle horn argent on a chief azure two fleurs-de-lys or, 2 sable a baronial coronet or in base three mullets per fess, 3 azure over a river a bridge of three arches argent, 4 gules a chain of three links per pale, the middle link broken, argent.

Roanne (Loire): Azure a crescent argent, hanging from a ribbon gules in chief a cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
Motto: crescam et lucebo. Legion of Honor awarded in 1864 for its resistance in 1815.
Saint-Chamond (Loire): per pale argent a fess gules and azure plain .
Nantes (Loire-Atl): Guleson a sea vert a ship argent the sails ermine, a chief ermine.
Chief granted by François II, duke of Brittany.
Ancenis (Loire-Atl): Gules three quintefoils argent.

Blain (Loire-Atl): vair a crescent gules.

Châteaubriant (Loire-Atl): France a bendlet couped gules.
Arms of Bourbon-Condé.
Pontchâteau (Loire-Atl): Vair a crescent gules.

Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atl): Azure on a sea argent an antique ship proper, on its sail a key argent, on a chief ermine a key argent.

Orléans (Loiret): Gules three coeurs-de-lys argent, on a chief France modern. Hanging from the shield the Croix de Guerre 1939-45 with palm. Motto: "hoc vernant lilia corde" (the lilies bloom from this heart).
The coeur-de-lis is today depicted as a flower, whose three petals point to dexter, sinister and base and without stem (a trefoil's petals point dexter, sinister and chief, and it has a stem). The petals are pointed. It seems that in previous centuries they looked like either hearts inflamed, or hearts with flowers issuant. Both the name of the charge and the motto allude to Orléans' special place in French history: it became part of the lands of the counts of Paris in the 9th century, before they became kings of France in 987 with Hugues Capet. It was therefore the second capital of France until the 13th century.
Beaugency (Loiret): barry of six or and azure, a semy of fleurs-de-lys counterchanged sable and argent.

Briare (Loiret): Gules three bars wavy argent.
Probably recalls the canal linking the Loing and the Loire, completed in 1642.
Gien (Loiret): Azure a chief gules over all a castle argent.

La Ferté-Saint-Aubin (Loiret):
a 15th c. seal shows a barry and a lion and label.
Montargis (Loiret): Azure on a semy-de-lys the letter M above the letters L and F and beneath a royal crown, all or.

Pithiviers (Loiret): Azure three thistles or, on a chief gules a fleur-de-lys or.
Thistles were used to comb wool.
Cahors (Lot): Gules on a river a bridge with five towers and conical roofs all argent, over each tower a fleur-de-lys or.
The arms show the bridge of Valentré, the fleurs-de-lys were granted by Henri IV.
Bretenoux (Lot):
on a seal of 1303, a castle triple-towered.
Cajarc (Lot):
an eagle on a seal of 1250.
Figeac (Lot): Argent a cross gules.

Gourdon (Lot): azure five gourds argent 2, 1 and 2, each placed in bend sinister.
Canting arms.
Martel (Lot):
a seal the 14th c. shows three hammers.
Agen (Lot-et-Garonne): per pale: gules an eagle argent holding a scroll with the word AGEN, and gules a castle triple-towered or with spires and banners, all or.
On a seal of 1247, the castle on the obverse and the eagle with scroll on the reverse. Legend attributes the eagle to Charlemagne.
Marmandes (Lot-et-Garonne): Gules a cross potent on each end a tower argent, on a chief France modern.
A 1244 seal shows the four towers arranged in cross.
Nérac (Lot-et-Garonne): Azure a sun radiant or.

Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne): Azure over water in base a bridge of six arches thereon three towers argent with window and port sable, in chief two fleurs-de-lys or.
Mende (Lozère): Azure a sun in his glory above an uncial letter M and beneath a royal crown, all or.
Appears on a 1699 seal.
Chemillé (Maine-Et-Loire): quarterly or a bend sinister gules and gules a bend sinister or.

Angers (Maine-et-Loire): Gules a key per pale argent, on a chief azure two fleurs-de-lys or.
Seal of 1482. Sometimes the key is over all.
Baugé (Maine-et-Loire): Argent on a terrasse a bush vert and before it a boar passant sable.

Beaufort (Maine-et-Loire): Vert a lion contourné argent.

Cholet (Maine-et-Loire): Azure a cross argent fretty gules.

Saumur (Maine-et-Loire): per fess azure three fleurs-de-lys or and gules the letter S argent, a fess embattled argent masoned sable.

Segré (Maine-et-Loire): Quarterly argent and gules a pale gules, over all a bend of the last.

Saint-Lô (Manche): Gules a unicorn saliant argent on a canton in dexter chief azure a star in dexter chief of the second.

Avranches (Manche): Azure a city gate beneath two crescents and a dolphin reversed all argent.

Cherbourg (Manche): Azure on a fess argent three mullets of six points pierced sable between three bezants .

Coutances (Manche): Azure three columns per pale argent, on a chief gules a lion passant guardant or.
The chief bears the arms of Normandy.
Granville (Manche): Gules an arm argent issuant from a cloud in sinister flank azure, holding a sword of the second hilted or.

Mortain (Manche): On France ancient a bend gobony argent and gules.

Valognes (Manche): Gules a lion passant guardant or.
Arms of Normandy.
Yvetot (Manche): Azure a bend between two bendlets or.

Châlons-sur-Marne (Marne): Azure a cross between four fleurs-de-lys or. Comital coronet, motto: "et decus et robur".
Fleurs-de-lys occur on a 1263 seal.
Epernay (Marne): Gules three roses argent.
A flower appears on a seal of 1239.
Reims (Marne): Argent two laurel branches per saltire vert on a chief France ancient.
The branches appear on a 1368 seal.
Sézanne (Marne): Azure a castle therein three towers argent ports, windows and masoned sable, in chief three fleurs-de-lys or.
Arms granted in 1817.
Sainte-Menehould (Marne): Azure a castle with two towers and a dungeon embattled within argent masoned sable, the portcullis raised, within the port sable a lion issuant holding a sword or, on each tower a roof or, thereon and on the dungeon each a dove essorant of the second.

Vitry-le-François (Marne): Azure a salamander or flaming gules beneatha crown of the second, in chief two letters F each crowned of the second.
The town was founded in 1545 by François I whose badge was the salamander.
Évron (Mayenne): Quarterly, 1 and 4 argent fretty sable on a chief or three mullets pierced of the second, 2 and 3 or a lion azure crowned argent.

Laval (Mayenne): Gules a lion guardant passant or. Motto: eadem mensura.

Château-Gontier (Mayenne): Azure a castle with two towers, a roof over the central part and conical roofs over the towers, all or, on a chief gules two keys of the second per pale, wards in point.

Craon (Mayenne): Gules a saltire between four lozenges argent.
A lozengy appears on a 1355 seal.
Ernée (Mayenne): Gules three whistles or.

Mayenne (Mayenne): gules six escutcheons or 3, 2 and 1.

Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle): argent a thistle vert flowered gules, on a chief the arms of Lorraine.
In some versions the arms of Lorraine are just or on a bend gules three eagles per bend argent, in others it is the grand coat. The chief was granted by Charles III of Lorraine in 1576 to commemorate the resistance to Charles of Burgundy in 1477.
Baccarat (Meurthe-et-Moselle): per fess gules an arm embowed armed argent holding a sword per pale or between two bezants, and azure and a point argent a chalice of the second over all.

Briey (Meurthe-et-Moselle): or three pallets fitchy sable.

Longwy (Meurthe-et-Moselle): per pale azure and gules two fishes addorsed four crosses crosslets fitchy argent.

Lunéville (Meurthe-et-Moselle): or on a bend gules three crescents per bend argent.
Canting arms. The design recalls the arms of Lorraine.
Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe-et-Moselle): Gules on a river a bridge of three arches flanked by two towers argent, in chief an escutcheon bearing azure two fishes addorsed between four crosses fitchy or.
Canting arms ("pont" = bridge). The escutcheon is Bar.
Saint-Nicolas-du-Port (Meurthe-et-Moselle): Or on a sea barruly wavy argent and azure a lymphad sable, on a chief guless a dove displayed argent .

Toul (Meurthe-et-Moselle): Gules a tau flory argent.

Bar-le-Duc (Meuse): Azure on a semy of crosses crosslets two fishes addorsed, all or.
Motto: plus penser que dire. The name of the fish in French is "bar", canting arms.
Commercy (Meuse): Azure semy of crosses crosslets argent .

Montmédy (Meuse): Azure on a mount vert a castle or, thereon an escutcheon bearing argent a lion sable.

Saint-Mihiel (Meuse): Azure three rocks argent.
The charges look like a rock emerging from a mount. Croix de Guerre 1914-18.
Stenay (Meuse): Argent a chevron azure in base a lion or.
Violates the tinctures rule.
Verdun (Meuse): Azure a city with a cathedral and enclosed by walls all or.
Depicted on a 1245 seal.
Vannes (Morbihan): Gules an ermine passant crowned argent, from its collar a mantle flowing ermine.
Badge of the dukes of Brittany.
Auray (Morbihan): gules an ermine passant proper with a mantle floating from its neck or [ermine], on a chief France modern.
The ermine recalls the arms of Brittany (ermine plain).
Hennebont (Morbihan): Azure on a sea a ship with three masts argent, the sails ermine, the banners bearing gules a cross argent.

Lorient (Morbihan): Gules on a sea vert a ship with three masts sails unfurled argent, in dexter a sun or rising behind a mountain of the second, a canton ermine in dexter chief, a chief azure bezanty.
The port of Lorient (port of the Orient) was founded to serve as main port for the Indies Company, and the arms recall this (note the sun rising in the orient). The chief probably alludes to the profits which failed to materialize.
Ploërmel (Morbihan): ermine a lion gules holding a banner azure .

Pontivy (Morbihan): Azure a triangular bridge of three arches argent masoned sable, between two mascles of the second in chief and an ermine spot sable in base.
Pontivy was the capital of the duchy of Rohan, to which the mascles allude. The ermine spot recalls the arms of Brittany.
Metz (Moselle): per pale argent and sable.
Canting arms of sorts: the name of the Gallic people living in the area was the Mediomatrices, the division per pale recalling the Latin "medium".
Sarrebourg (Moselle):
three stag horns on a 1269 seal.
Thionville (Moselle): Azure a castle with three towers argent port, windows and masoned sable.
The castle on a 1289 seal.
Nevers (Nièvre): Azure on a billety a lion or.
Arms of the counts of Nevers. The arms of Nassau differ only in that their lion is crowned.
Château-Chinon (Nièvre): Azure a tree on a mound argent .

Clamecy (Nièvre): Azure on a billety a lion or, armed and langued gules.
Arms of the counts of Nevers.
Cosne (Nièvre): Azure three ducks argent.

Decize (Nièvre): Or a lion sable within a bordure gobony argent and gules.

La Charité-sur-Loire (Nièvre): per fess, azure three towers argent each beneath a fleur-de-lys or, and chequy or and azure.

Lille (Nord): Gules a fleur-de-lys flory argent. Hanging from the shield, the cross of the Legion of Honor, and hanging below it the Order of Merit.
Canting arms. First appear on a 1199 seal. The cross of the Legion of Honor was awarded on Oct 9, 1900. Initially displayed on the shield in dexter chief, it was removed at some later date.
Armentières (Nord): Argent a fleur-de-lys gules beneath a sun and a moon or.
On a seal of 1424.
Avesnes (Nord): bendy of six gules and or.

Bailleul (Nord): a cross vair.
On a seal of 1238.
Bergues (Nord): per pale argent a lion contourné sable, and argent a fess sable, on a canton or a lion sable within a bordure gules.
A lion on a seal of 1316.
Bourbourg (Nord):
on a seal of 1238 three bars and a chief.
Cambrai (Nord): or a double-headed eagle displayed sable bearing on an escutcheon or three lions azure.
The eagle appears on a seal of 1227, it holds the escutcheon with three lions on a seal of 1340.
Cassel (Nord):
a key with two wards on a seal of 1246.
Cateau-Cambrésis (Nord): Azure a castle with two towers and surmounted by a tower, all or.
The same castle appears on a seal of 1326.
Chapelle-d'Armentiès (Nord): Argent a fleur-de-lys gules beneath a sun and a moon or.
Identical to Armentières.
Condé-sur-l'Escaut (Nord): Or a fess gules.

Crespin-en-Hainaut (Nord): Azure fretty or.

Denain (Nord): or a cross indented (denchée) gules.

Douai (Nord): Gules plain.
Legion of Honor, Croix de guerre 1939-45.
Dunkerque (Nord): per fess or a lion passant sable armed and langued gules, and argent a dolphin naiant azure finned gules.
A fish appears on a seal of 1245, a lion on a seal of 1329, and the combination per fess on a seal of 1409. Legion of Honor and Croix de guerre 1939-45.
Fresnes (Nord): Gules a chief or.

Gravelines (Nord): or a lion sable within a bordure engrailed gules .
The arms are a differenced version of the arms of Flanders. The lion appears as early as 1238 on seals.
Haspres (Nord): Per pale, France ancient, and vert a fess argent.
Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Haumont (Nord): Or three chevrons sable.

Hazebrouck (Nord): Argent a lion sable langued gules holding an escutcheon bearing or a hare salient proper.
Croix de Guerre 1914-18.
Honnecourt (Nord): Argent billety and a lion gules.

Houplines (Nord): Sable a chief argent.
Croix de guerre 1914-18.
La Madeleine (Nord): ermine three bends gules semy of escallops or.

Lambersart (Nord): bendy of 10 gules semy of quatrefoils or and argent.

Landrecies (Nord): per fess azure a castle embattled thereon three towers or, and gules a cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
The Legion of Honor was awarded on Dec 29, 1900 for the two sieges of 1793 and 1815. Motto: les habitants de Landrecies ont bien mérité de la Patrie. Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Le Quesnoy (Nord): Argent on a mount three oak trees vert.
On a 1246 seal. Possibly canting arms ("quercus" = oak in Latin). Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Liessies (Nord): argent a boar's head sable allumé and langued gules.

Lommes (Nord): bendy of six or and gules.

Loos (Nord): Gules three moons increscent argent.
Croix de guerre 1939-45.
Lys-lès-Lannoy (Nord): Vair a chief gules.

Marchiennes (Nord): Or an escarbuncle sable the center gules.

Maroilles (Nord): Argent on a crozier or a stag's head caboshed gules.

Maubeuge (Nord): Or four lions 1 and 4 sable, 2 and 3 gules, and in chief an eagle of the second, armed beaked and langued gules, over all a crozier per bend argent.
On a seal of 1323. Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Orchies (Nord): Argent a lion sable in dexter chief a crosslet patty gules, all within a chain in orle of the last.
The lion and the cross on a seal of 1245. Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Roubaix (Nord): per pale ermine a chief gules and azure, a weaver's implement between a five-pointed star in chief and a shuttle fessways in base or, in dexter and sinister chief two bobbins argent, all within a bordure invected of the second.
Roubaix was a major textile center since the mid-15th c.
Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (Nord): Vert a sword argent hilted or between two fleurs-de-lys of the last.

Seclin (Nord): Purpure a fess argent, in chief on an escutcheon of the second a lion sable.

Solesmes (Nord): Gules three crescents argent.
aCroix de guerre 1914-18.
Steenvorde (Nord): Or a lion crowned sable langued gules.

Valenciennes (Nord): Gules a lion or armed and langued azure . Supporters: two swans. A comital coronet. The cross of the Legion of Honor hangs from the shield, and the motto is "Valenciennes a bien mérité de la Patrie".
A seal of 1246 shows the city flying a banner with a lion. The Legion of Honor was granted in in memory of its resistance to the Austrians in 1793.
Vieux-Condé (Nord): Argent on a fess gules a barrulet wavy of the field.

Wasquehall (Nord): chequy argent on each pieve a trefoil sable and sable .

Wattrelos (Nord): Azure a lion barry argent and gules, crowned or .

Beauvais (Oise): Gules a pale fitchy argent.
Motto: palus ut hic fixus, constans et firma manebo. Arms granted by Louis XI in memory of the siege of 1472. DHP records a plain pale.
Beaumont (Oise): Vair a mount or.
Arms in DHP.
Chaumont-en-Vexin (Oise):
1211 seal.
Clermont-en-Beauvaisis (Oise): Gules a castle with roof and two towers with conical roofs all or, on a chief France ancient.
Capital of the county of Clermont, royal apanage.
Compiègne (Oise): argent a lion azure semy of fleurs-de-lys or, crowned of the last.

Crépy-en-Valois (Oise): or a lion sable on a chief France modern.

Creil (Oise): Azure on a chevron argent three stars sable between three cinquefoils of the second.

Noyon (Oise): Argent a fess gules.

Pont-Sainte-Maxence (Oise): Or on a bridge a tower embattled sable, on a chief azure a salamander argent flaming gules.
Arms in DHP.
Senlis (Oise): Gules a pale or.
Arms in DHP.
Argentan (Orne): argent an eagle displayed sable.

Bellême (Orne): Azure a castle triple-towered or.

Domfront (Orne): Gules on a point vert a castle triple-towered argent, ports or.

Flers (Orne): Gules two weaver's shuttles per saltire or between three bobbins argent, a chief France modern.

La FertéMacé (Orne): Gules a weaver's shuttle in bend sinister and (an unknown charge) argent .

Laigle (Orne): Or an eagle sable on a chief France modern.
Canting arms.
Lonlay-L'abbaye (Orne): sable a wolf passant argent.

Mortagne (Orne): argent three fern leaves vert.

Sées (Orne): Gules on a point two saints holding palms or, on a chief France modern.

Alençon (Orne):

Étaples (Pas-de-Calais): Azure three escallops argent.
The three escallops appear on a seal of 1410.
Arras (Pas-de-Calais): Gules a lion or, bearing on its shoulder a shield of Artois (France ancient on each pendant of a label gules three castles or).
On a seal of 1361, although the seals also use rats as canting devices. The arms of Artois bear the mark of cadency of Robert d'Artois, whose mother Blanche of Castile is recalled by the castles. Arras is the capital of Artois.
Aire-sur-la-Lys (Pas-de-Calais): gules an eagle displayed argent armed and beaked or.
On a seal of 1200.
Béthune (Pas-de-Calais): argent a fess gules.
Medieval seals show either 5 bends (1270) or a label on a lion (1300).
Bapaume (Pas-de-Calais): Azure three hands dexter argent.

The hand appears of 1268. Canting arms ("paume" is palm of the hand).

Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais): or three torteaux, on an escutcheon gules a swan argent wings expanded.
The swan is reminiscent of Godefroy de Bouillon, count of Boulogne; while the three torteaux are the arms of the counts of Boulogne. The swan appears on a seal of 1396 (both as charge on an escutcheon on the reverse, and shown pulling a boat in which a knight bearing a cross on his shield and his horse are standing on the obverse).
Calais (Pas-de-Calais): Gules an inescutcheon azure bearing a crescent beneath a fleur-de-lys or, crowned with a royal crown argent, between two crosses Lorraine and above a plate bearing a cross between four crosslets or.
Arms granted in 1558. The plate with the arms of Jerusalem recalls Godefroy de Bouillon, count of Boulogne, to which Calais belonged. The crosses Lorraine recall the capture of the town from the English by the duc de Guise in 1558, the crescent and fleur-de-lys recall Henri II in whose reign it occurred. Calais' medieval seals show other figures.
Carvin (Pas-de-Calais): Azure seven torteaux 3, 3 and 1, a chief or.

Desvres (Pas-de-Calais): Or a castle beneath a gonfalon gules between three fleur-de-lys argent.
Two lions as supporters and a swan as crest. The gonfanon appears on a seal of 1405.
Guînes (Pas-de-Calais): vair on a chief France modern.
Arms of Vair plain appear on a seal of 1282.
Hesdin (Pas-de-Calais): : Per pale argent and gules, in >chief, two mullets counterchanged.
A 14th c. seal has a fleur-de-lys between four mullets.
Houdain (Pas-de-Calais):
seals.
Lens (Pas-de-Calais): Gules a castle and in dexter and sinister chief two fleurs-de-lys argent.
The castle on a 1303 seal, with the fleurs-de-lys on a 1444 seal.
Liévin (Pas-de-Calais): Barry of eight argent and gules.
Croix de Guerre 1914-18.
Lillers (Pas-de-Calais): Gules three chevrons or.

Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais): barry of six or and azure, on a chief France modern.

Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais): Gules a cross patriarchal argent.
The cross appears on a 1209 seal.
Saint-Pol (Pas-de-Calais): Gules three pales vair on a chief or a label azure.
Differenced arms of the counts of Saint-Pol.
Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme): Azure a cross gules fimbriated argent between four fleurs-de-lys or.

Ambert (Puy-de-Dôme): azure a cross quarterly argent between four trefoils or.

Billom (Puy-de-Dôme): Azure a castle with two towers and in chief three fleurs-de-lys or.

Issoire (Puy-de-Dôme): Azure a pairle couped beneath a crown or, the lower arm of the pairle bent to dexter.

Riom (Puy-de-Dôme): Azure a letter R beneath two fleurs-de-lys or.
A 1283 seal has a fleur-de-lys.
Thiers (Puy-de-Dôme): Gules on a sea a ship argent.

Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atl.): Gules on a sea a tower argent supported by two lions or each standing in front of a tree vert, on a chief azure a fleur-de-lys or.
A lion passant guardant before an oak tree appears on a 1291 seal.
Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atl): Azure, on a sea a boat with three oarsmen, one man holding the rudder and one man ready to harpoon a whale, all argent; on a chief or two escallops argent, in sinister chief on a canton azure a star argent.
The scene with the fishermen and the whale on a seal of 1351. Biarritz was famed for its whalers. It may well be that the seal was usedas a model for the arms in the 19th century.
Hasparren (Pyrénées-Atl): Azure on a cross moline or a heart gules.

Mauléon (Pyrénées-Atl): Gules a lion or on a chief France modern.

Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Pyrénées-Atl): Azure a cow gules gorged and belled of the field beneath a cross pommety of the second.
violating
Orthez (Pyrénées-Atl): Gules a bridge of four arches thereon a tower with conical roof all argent.
The bridge is a 14th c. construction.
Pau (Pyrénées-Atl): =Azure three park palings inverted joined by a fess couped, between the palings two cows affrontes crowned or, above the fess a peacock in his pride of the last, on a chief or a tortoise shell proper beneath a royal crown proper and between the letter H in dexter and the letters IV in sinister sable.
Canting arms (twice): the palings recall the Latin name Palum and the peacock recalls the local name Pâou. The oxen recall the arms of Béarn. The tortoise shell, which served as Henri IV's cradle after his birth in that city in 1559, was added in 1816. Motto: urbis palladium et gentis
Céret (Pyrénées-Or.): Azure, the letters CERET beneath three fleurs-de-lys or and above two keys per saltire argent.

Perpignan (Pyrénées-Or): Gules a fleur-de-lys or between two towers argent.
Another version: on a lozenge shield, or four pallets gules over all Saint John Baptist or. The arms of Aragon are a concession of Martin in 1400.
Prades (Pyrénées-Or): Azure a cross or.

Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin): Argent a bend gules.

Haguenau (Bas-Rhin): Azure a cinquefoil argent pierced gules.
On a seal of 1332.
Saverne (Bas-Rhin):
A unicorn saliant on a 1405 seal.
Colmar (Haut-Rhin): per pale gules and vert a mace per bend sinister or.
Three maces, probably a canting device ("Kolben" = mace in German, cf. Columbaria the Latin name of the city) appear on a 1214 seal. The arms in a 15th c. stained-glass window show the mace per bend on argent. The present form dates from the late 17th c. D'Hozier compilation, where the charge is called a spur-rowel with its rod. Colmar received the Croix de Guerre 1914-18 in 1922 and the Croix de Guerre 1939-45 in 1948 (AHR).
Altkirch (Haut-Rhin): azure on a mount vert a church flanked at dexter with a steeple argent with roof gules, the windows of the first, surmounted by a cross or.
Canting arms ("Altkirch" = old church in German). On a seal of 1293. The tinctures are set in the D'Hozier compilation of the late 17th c. Croix de Guerre 1914-18 awarded in 1921 (AHR).
Bouxwiller (Haut-Rhin):
an eagle and a lion on a seal of 1487.
Brisach (Haut-Rhin): gules a mount of six hillocks argent, on a chief France modern.
(AHR)
Brumath (Haut-Rhin):
on a seal of 1466, an arm armed issuant from a cloud, holding a banner per pale with a star in dexter.
Ensisheim (Haut-Rhin): Gules a fess argent.
On a 1481 seal, with a helmet and crest. The Emperor Ferdinand I authorized the city to use the arms but without helm or crest (1558). Arms confirmed by D'Hozier in 1697 (AHR).
Ferrette (Haut-Rhin): Azure two fishes ("bars") addorsed argent.
Differenced arms of the counts of Ferrette (whose field was gules). In D'Hozier (AHR).
Guebwiller (Haut-Rhin): Argent a cap (Albanian bonnet) gules lined azure.
A seal of 1482 has an escutcheon with a greyhound passant, arms of the abbey of Murbach to which it belonged. The bonnet replaced it in the 16th c. Awarded the Croix de Guerre 1914-18 in 1921 (AHR).
Kaysersberg (Haut-Rhin): per pale, 1. per pale gules and azure on a mount of five hillocks vert a tower with three battlements and surrounded by a wall embattled argent masoned sable; 2. argent a hunting pouch sable buckled of the first.
The city's arms were originally gules a hunting pouch sable buckled or (on a 15th c. stained-glass window), but a 1278 seal shows the fortress. The fortress became the city arms in the late 17th c. and both were impaled in the 19th c., confirmed by a German grant of 1906. Croix de Guerre 1939-45 (AHR).
Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin): Argent a water-wheel with eight paddles gules.
Canting arms ("Mulhaus" = house of the mill in German). The wheel appears with an eagle on it on a seal of the 13th c. The eagle is not present in the 14th c. Croix de Guerre 1914-18 in 1921 and Croix de Guerre 1939-45 in 1948 (AHR).
Munster (Haut-Rhin): Argent a church portal between two towers with pyramidal roofs, all three surmounted by a cross each, all gules.
On a 1339 seal. Canting arms ("Münster" = monastery in German) (AHR).
Thann (Haut-Rhin):
On a 1469 seal, per pale a fess and a pine tree on a mount (canting arms, "Tannenbaum" = pine tree in German) (AHR).
Cernay (Haut-Rhin): Gules a tower with conical roof argent masoned sable between two fishes ("bars") addorsed of the second.
On a 1299 seal. The bars are taken from the arms of the counts of Ferrette, a branch of the house of Bar, who were lords of the city. Croix de Guerre 1914-18 (in 1921) and Croix de Guerre 1939-45 (in 1952) (AHR).
Lyon (Rhône): Gules a lion argent on a chief France modern .
Canting arms. The lion appears among other figures on a 1320 seal. Motto: avant, avant lion le melhor. In 1816 a sword was added held by the lion, in commemoration of the siege of 1793. Legion of Honor in 1949.
Givors (Rhône): gules three flies proper.

Tarare (Rhône): Or a cross anchory gules between four lozenges sable.

Thizy (Rhône): Or on a chevron azure a mascle argent.

Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône): Gules a city gate joined to dexter with a tower argent, masoned, port and windows sable, on a chief azure three fleurs-de-lys or, on each a bendlet gules.

Bourbon-Lancy (Sâone-et-Loire): Azure a lion between 8 escallops in orle or.

Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire): Gules three annulets argent.

Autun (Saône-et-Loire): Argent a lion gules, on a chief bendy of six azure and or a bordure gules (Burgundy ancient).
Motto: Roma celtica, soror et aemula Romae.
Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire): Azure three rings or, on a point gules a cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
The three rings appear on a 14th c. seal. The cross was conferred by a Imperial decree of May 22 1815, confirmed in 1831, to commemorate the city's resistance during the invasion of France in 1814. It was the first city to receive this honor. The city also bears the Croix de Guerre hanging from the shield.
Charolles (Saône-et-Loire): Gules a lion or gardant sinister on a chief azure a fleur-de-lys of the second.
Capital of the county of Charollais.
Cluny (Saône-et-Loire): Azure two keys in pale interlaced in the rings or.
Site of the famous Benedictine abbey, which was under the special protection and favor of the Popes.
Louhans (Saône-et-Loire): gules two keys argent per saltire beneath a fleur-de-lys or.

Paray-le-Monial (Saône-et-Loire): or a peacock in its pride azure,l the dexter leg raised.

Tournus (Saône-et-Loire): Gules a castle of three towers argent port and masoned sable, hanging from the chief a cross of the Legion of Honor proper, on a chief France modern.
The Legion of Honor was granted by Napoleon for the town's resistance to the Austrians in 1814.
Le Mans (Sarthe): Gules on a cross or a key per pale sable between four candlesticks argent and a chief France modern, all within a bordure or.

Bonnétable (Sarthe): Azure three garbs argent and a chief gules.

La Ferté-Bernard (Sarthe): Gules a lion passant or and a chief azure.

La Flèche (Sarthe): quarterly, 1 and 4 vert a bend or, 2 and 3 or on a pale gules an arrow argent between two towers of the second; on a chief France modern, supported (soutenu) by a divise argent.

Mamers (Sarthe): per fess azure on a semy of fleurs-de-lys a lion or and argent a lion passant guardant sable.

Saint-Calais (Sarthe): Azure three calabashs (calebasses) or.
Possibly canting arms. Calabashes were also suspended from piglrims's staffs and served as water-bottles.
Chambéry (Savoie): Gules a cross and in dexter chief a five-pointed star argent.
The cross recalls the arms of Savoie, whose capital it was.
Moûtiers (Savoie): per pale gules two keys per saltire interlaced argent, and or a two-headed eagle displayed sable, armed and beaked or.

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie): Azure a hand dexter making the sign of blessing argent.

Paris (Seine): gules on a river a lymphad argent, on a chief France ancient.
The ship appears on a 1210 seal, and was the emblem of the corporation of shippers who traded between the city and the sea along the Seine river. The banner from the ship's mast has a semy-de-lys on a 1366 seal, the field behind the ship is a semy-de-lys on a 1406 seal, and the chief actually appears on a 1426 seal. The arms were defined by decree of Feb. 17, 1921.
Aumale (Seine-Mar):
on a 1308 seal, a barry of six within a bordure.
Rouen (Seine-Mar): Gules a paschal lamb argent on a chief France modern.
The lamb appears on a 1363 seal, on his banner a lion passant guardant for Normandy. Chief granted in 1485.
Bolbec (Seine-Mar):

Darnétal (Seine-Mar):
Dieppe (Seine-Mar): Per pale azure and gules, over all on a sea a ship with sails furled argent.
A 1425 seal shows a bishop on a boat.
Elbeuf (Seine-Mar): per pale, azure on a mound vert a cross patriarchal argent on which grows a vine proper, and azure on a mound vert a bee-hibe or.

Eu (Seine-Mar): Argent a lion passant guardant gules.

Fécamp (Seine-Mar): vert three tents argent lined gules and a chief azure, over the chief and field a dove on a horn of plenty of the second.

Gournay-en-Bray (Seine-Mar): Sable a knight in armor on horseback holding a lance beneath a fleur-de-lys, all argent.

Harfleur (Seine-Mar): Azure on a sea a ship with three masts, sails furled, flying banners bearing crosses, all argent.
The ship with banners bearing crosses on a seal of 1440.
Le Havre (Seine-Mar): Gules a salamander argent in flames and crowned or, on a chief France modern.
Motto: nutrisco et extinguo. The city was founded by François I. The canton was granted by Albert I of Belgium to thank the city for its hospitality in 1914-18. Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre 39-45 in 1949.
Lillebonne (Seine-Mar): Gules two bars or.

Longueville (Seine-Mar): France differenced by a label and a bendlet couped argent.
Arms of the Longueville family, illegitimate branch of the Orléans (to honor the founder of the family, Jean Dunois, for his valour in the Hundred Years War, the bendlet sinister was changed to a bendlet).
Neufchâtel-en-Bray (Seine-Mar): Azure three towers argent.

Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis):

Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis): argent a cross gules between four mullets pierced or.

Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis): Azure semy-de-lys or.
The site of the royal abbey where French kings are buried, and where the Oriflamme was kept. A 1303 seal has an eagle with a chief of France modern.
Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis): Azure a semy of stars or and bezants radiant.
The town used to bear the collar of the Ordre de l'Étoile which was founded there in 1351.
Suresnes (Seine-Saint-Denis): Azure a cross gules between four fleurs-de-lys argent.
Violates the tinctures rule.
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (Seine-Saint-Denis): Azure on a point Saint George killing the dragon argent.
Coulommiers (Seine-et-Marne): Azure a dove-house or between four doves volant argent per saltire.
Canting arms (the Latin name is Columbario). Motto: ingredior et ingrediar.
Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne): per fess or an Imperial eagle sable and argent a salamander on flames gules, on a fess azure a river argent, on a canton azure the letter N beneath a star or.
The salamander was François I's badge, the eagle was granted by Napoleon, as was the canton of the cities of 2nd class of the Empire. The river alludes to the source which gave its name to the town ("fontaine belle").
La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (Seine-et-Marne):Azure on a semy of fleurs-de-lys a lion passant or.
Arms in DHP.
Lagny (Seine-et-Marne): Azure the letter L and a nail beneath a royal crown all or.

Meaux (Seine-et-Marne): per pale vert and gules over all a capital letter M, on a chief France ancient.
Arms in DHP; the letter is called "à l'antique".
Montereau-Faut-Yonne (Seine-et-Marne): Azure three towers argent.

Nemours (Seine-et-Marne): Argent on a mount a forest vert, on a chief azure a semy-de-lys or and a label argent.
Arms in DHP.
Provins (Seine-et-Marne): Azure a castle of three towers with a dungeon within argent masoned sable, on the port a lion sable.
Arms in DHP. The arms show the Grosse-Tour, a 12th c. dungeon.
Melun (Seine-et-Marne): Azure on a semy-de-lys or a castle with three towers argent.
Melun was one of the original strongholds of the royal domain. Motto: fida muris usque ad mures, recalling the siege of 1420 when inhabitants had to eat rats.
Niort (Deux-Sèvres): Azure a semy-de-lys or, on a river in base a tower argent, the port and windows sable.
The tower recalls the dungeon of Niort, built in 1158 by Henry II Plantagenet. The semy is a grant of Charles V. The supporters, adopted in the 17th c., are two "savages" of Canada.
Bressuire (Deux-Sèvres): Argent an eagle sable.

Melle (Deux-Sèvres): Azure two coins of Louis the Pious minted in Melle, one showing the obverse and the other the reverse, and in base a coin of Charlemagne showing the imperial monogram, all argent.
Melle was a silver mine and minting center in Carolingian times.
Parthenay (Deux-Sèvres): Argent four bars azure a bend engrailed gules.

Saint-Maixent (Deux-Sèvres): Gules a royal crown or, on a chief France modern.

Thouars (Deux-Sèvres): Argent three clusters of grape azure.

Amiens (Somme): Gules an ivy branch covering the field argent, on a chief France ancient.
The ivy branch was originally a diapered field. It is also said to come from the arms of d'Ailly who were vidames of Amiens (instead of ivy, it would be an "alisier" or service-tree). The chief is seen on a seal of 1447.
Abbeville (Somme): or three bends azure within a bordure gules, on a chief France modern.
The three bends and bordure are the arms of the county of Ponthieu, whose capital was Abbeville; they first appear on a seal of 1217. the chief was granted June 19, 1363.
Ailly (Somme): Gules two branches of the service-tree (alisier) in saltire argent, a chief chequy azure and argent.
Canting arms (see Amiens).
Albert, olim Ancre (Somme): Barry of ten argent and gules.
On a seal of 1277. The town took the name of Albert after being given to the Albert de Luynes family in the 17th century.
Corbie (Somme): Or a crozier azure between two keys gules, wards toward the flanks, in base a crow sable over the staff of the crozier.
A 1228 seal shows a crow, a canting device ("corbeau" = crow). The crozier alludes to the local abbey whose abbots were lords of Corbie for centuries. Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Crécy (Somme): Azure three crescents interlaced or.
A rather unpleasant name in French history (1346).
Doullens (Somme): France ancient over all an escutcheon bearing argent a cross gules.
Arms granted by Charles V (1364-80). Motto: infinita decus lilia mihi prestant. A fleur-de-lys appears on a 1387 seal reverse.
Gamaches (Somme):
on a 1283 seal a coat chequy with a label of 12 points.
Long-en-Ponthieu (Somme):Or three escutcheons vair.
On a 14th c. seal.
Montdidier (Somme): Azure on a semy-de-lys or a tower with a turret argent, the port gules.
These arms on a seal of 1424. Motto: Cultissima. Legion of Honor and Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Nesle (Somme): Gules on a semy of trefoils two "chabauds" (chabots? A fish, either mullet or sculpin) addorsed or.
Péronne (Somme): Azure the letter P, the foot crossed and forky, beneath a crown and between three fleurs-de-lys or.
14th c. seals of the city have a fleur-de-lys flory on the reverse. The Legion of Honor was granted to the city in memory of its victorious resistance to a siege of 1536, for which it had also been given the croix des mayeurs in 1537. Croix de guerre 1914-18.
Roye (Somme): Gules a bend argent on a chief France modern.
Arms of the lords of Roye, an old Picard family whose inheritance passed to the Condé. 14th c. seals have a lion. Croix de guerre 1914-18 and 1939-45.
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (Somme): Azure on a sea argent a lighter boat or, on a chief France modern within a bordure gobony argent and gules.
Capital of the Vimeu, part of the Ponthieu. The chief probably recalls the period when the county of Ponthieu belonged to the duke of Burgundy (1435-82).
Albi (Tarn): Gules a gate with two ports argent, on its battlements a lion passant guardant in front of an archiepiscopal cross or, in chief a sun of the third and a moon of the second. Motto: Stat baculus, vigilatque leo turresque tuetur.
On a seal of the 13th c.: the tower, sun and moon and a crozier instead of the cross on the obverse, the lion on the reverse. The crozier or cross recalls the temporal powers of the archbishops-counts of Albi.
Castres (Tarn): argent four piles issuant from the sinister flank gules, on a chief France modern. Motto: "Debout". Crest: a caltrap.
Medieval seals bear other devices.
Gaillac (Tarn): or a cock gules, on a bordure embattled azure three fleurs-de-lys or in chief.
Canting arms ("gallus" = cock in Latin). The cock appears on a 1308 seal.
Graulhet (Tarn): per pale argent a wheat stalk proper and azure a hammer argent.

Lautrec (Tarn):
a tree between a crescent, a star and two fleurs-de-lys on a 1308 seal.
Lavaur (Tarn): Gules a castle with three towers argent beneath a cross of Toulouse or, in point a letter B beneath a T of the last, on a chief France modern.
The castle, cross of Toulouse on the reverse of a 1308 seal, escutcheon of France on reverse.
Lisle-sur-Tarn (Tarn): per fess gules a cross of Toulouse or and argent diapered with waves, on a chief France modern.

Mazamet (Tarn): Gules a cock combed and wattled gules and in chief three bees of the second.

Puylaurens (Tarn): Gules an olive branch per pale vert on a chief France modern.
Canting arms (a 1243 seal shows a laurel tree on a mound, "puy" mountain and "laurier" = laurel).
Réalmont (Tarn):
A 1303 seal shows per pale a paschal lamb and France ancient.
Rabastens (Tarn): per fess gules a cross of Toulouse or and or three turnips argent leafed vert, on a chief France modern.
Canting arms ("rave" = turnip). The three raves appear on a seal of 1243, the chief on a seal of 1303.
Sorèze (Tarn): Azure an S-shaped serpent contourné argent.

Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne): Gules on a mound a willow tree withered or, on a chief France modern.
Canting arms ("Mons Albanus" = mount of the willow). On a seal of 1309.
Castelsarrasin (Tarn-et-Garonne): Azure a castle triple-towered argent beneath a moor's head sable banded argent, on a chief gules a cross Toulouse or.
The castle appears on the obverse and the cross on the reverse of a 1244 seal.
Caussade (Tarn-et-Garonne): Gules a tower with conical roof and a hose argent, on a chief France.
The tower and hose and a fleur-de-lys appear on a seal of 1308. Hose is "chausse" in French, a canting charge.
Caylus (Tarn-et-Garonne): Gules three towers linked by a wall beneath a cross bottony or, on a chief France modern.
A seal of 1243 shows a pike or lucy (lucius in Latin, Caylus derived from Castrum Lucii). A seal of 1309 shows the castle with the pike.
Moissac (Tarn-et-Garonne): Vert a column or on which climbs a vine argent fructed gules, on two cantons azure in dexter and sinister chief the letters R and F respectively or.

Molières (Tarn-et-Garonne):
14th c. seal with per pale France and three castles.
Pontoise (Val-d'Oise): Azure on a base ver a round bridge of five arches argent masoned sable, the openings of the arched gules, thereon a castle embattled thereon three towers embattled also argent masoned sable, between two fleurs-de-lys or.
Appears as such on a seal of 1190.
Asnières-sur-Oise (Val-d'Oise): donkeys (canting arms, "ânes" in French) on a 1259 seal.
Créteil (Val-de-Marne):

Charenton-le-Pont (Val-de-Marne): Azure on a river a fortified island with two fortified bridges issuant on both sides, all argent.

Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne): Gules a gothic letter N between two towers and beneath a star, in base a point diapered with waves, all argent, on a chief France ancient.

Vincennes (Val-de-Marne): Gules the castle of Vincennes argent, inbase three cannon-balls of the same two and one, on a chief France modern.

Toulon (Var): Azure a cross or.

Brignoles (Var): quarterly 1, azure a fleur-de-lys or beneath a label gules, 2 and 3 Azure the letter B or, 4 or four pallets gules.
The first quarter recalls the Valois counts of Provence, the fourth the arms of Aragon which appear on a seal of the city of 1222.
Draguignan (Var): Gules a wyvern argent.
Canting arms (dragon). Motto: alios nutrio, meos devoro.
Fréjus (Var): Gules a cross argent on a chief France modern.

Hyères (Var): Azure a castle with two towers and a dungeon within, the port gules, in point three bezants per fess.
On a 14th c. seal.
Lorgues (Var): Gules a fleur-de-lys supported by a lion and a greyhound argent, on a chief France modern.

Saint-Raphaël (Var): Azure on a sand beach or the archangel Raphael guiding Tobias argent.
Canting arms, I guess.
Avignon (Vaucluse): Gules three keys fessways in pale.
Motto: Unguibus et rostro. Arms granted in 1342 by Pope Clement VI. The keys and tinctures recall the arms of the Papacy, which resided in Avignon from 1309 to 1377 and which owned the city from 1348 to 1790. The earlier arms (supposedly since 1154, appearing on a seal of 1216) showed two gerfalcons; they were retained as supporters (on a 1504 seal).
Apt (Vaucluse): Gules a sword or per pale in its scabbard, the hilt and belt sable, the chape of the second.
Motto: faelicibus apta triumphis. On a 14th c. seal.
Aubignan (Vaucluse): Argent a battle-axe and a fasces gules per saltire.
Arms in DCV.
Aurel (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Carpentras (Vaucluse): Gules a manage-bit argent.
On a 14th century seal.
Cavaillon (Vaucluse): Azure a tower surmounted by a turret with conical roof and a tower argent on a point vert.

Crillon le Brave (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Gignac (Vaucluse): Argent on a chief azure a rose or.
Arms in DCV.
Grillon (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse): Argent six barrulets wavy azure and a chief triangular flaming gules issuant from chief.
A 1227 seal has a fish haurient.
Lapalud (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Malemort du Comtat (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Mirabeau (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Orange (Vaucluse): Azure an orange-tree branch vert with three fruits or, on a chief of the last a bugle horn azure stringed gules.
Canting arms. Chief of the counts of Orange.
Pertuis (Vaucluse): Or on a fleur-de-lys azure a fess gules.
Arms granted by Charles VIII in 1493.
Richerenches (Vaucluse):
Arms in DCV.
Sorgues sur l'Ouveze (Vaucluse): Azure over a river wavy argent and vert a bridge of three arches argent masoned sable thereon a cross of the second.
Arms in DCV.
Valréas (Vaucluse): Azure two keys per saltire addorsed argent, the wards bound by a riband of the same.
The town was part of the Comtat-Venaissin which belonged to the Popes.
La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée): Gules on a mount vert a cluster of houses around a church all argent, in chief two hands clasping or, on a canton azure in dexter chief a star or.
Arms of 1869. The town was founded by Napoleon I in 1804, and was called Napoléon-Vendée from 1804 to 1814 and 1852 to 1870, and Bourbon-Vendée from 1814 ro 1848. It was given its present name in 1870. The canton is that of cities of the Empire.
Chantonnay (Vendée): Azure a garb argent.

Fontenay-le-Comte (Vendée): per bend argent and sable a fountain or.
Canting arms.
Luçon (Vendée): gules a lucy haurient argent.
Canting arms.
Poitiers (Vienne): or a lion sable withina bordure of the last bezanty, on a chief France modern.
These arms appear on a 1386 seal. Except for the chief of France, they are identical to the arms born on his seal by Richard, earl of Cornwall ( 1272), brother of Henry III of England and earl of Poitou (a territory he took only briefly from the French in 1225-27 and 1241-42).
Châtellerault (Vienne): or a lion gules within a bordure sable bezanty or.
See the remark concerning Poitiers.
Loudun (Vienne): sable a wolf rampant argent.
Canting arms ("loup" = wolf, the final p being silent).
Mirebeau (Vienne):
A pale between 12 lozenges on a seal of the 15th c.
Montmorillon (Vienne): Or an eagle displayed gules.

Épinal (Vosges): Gules a tower between two battle-axes, the sinister one reversed, the blades toward the tower, all argent.
The tower appears between two fleurs-de-lys on a 1295 seal.
Bruyères (Vosges): Azure on a mound a tower between a house and a church, beneath three stars in chief all argent.

Gérardmer (Vosges): Vert a stag passant or.

Mirecourt (Vosges): Azure a bend or on a canton gules in chief sinister the letter N beneath a star argent.
The canton was the mark of cities of 3d class under Napoleon I.
Neufchâteau (Vosges): Argent on a bend gules three towers per bend or..

Plombières-les-Bains (Vosges): or on a bend gules three eagles argent, over all a label argent.
The arms of Lorraine differenced.
a(Vosges): Argent a cross of Lorraine between two crescents gules, on the cross the letterss I and R or, hanging from the top of the cross a cross of the Legion of Honor proper.
The Legion of Honor was added to the arms by decree of April 19, 1896 in honor of the resistance to the German invasion in 1870.Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 et 1939-1945.
Remiremont (Vosges): Gules two keys per saltire or.
The town belonged to a powerful abbey whose abbess was princess of the Empire.
Saint-Dié (Vosges): Azure a cross patriarchal between the letters S and D or, all tied by a riband gules.

Auxerre (Yonne): Azure on a billety a lion or.
Arms of the counts of Nevers, granted in 1223 by Mathilda I.
Avallon (Yonne): Azure a tower argent.

Sens (Yonne): Azure on a semy-de-lys or a tower argent port, windows and masoned sable.

Tonnerre (Yonne): Gules a bend or.
Arms in DHP.
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (Yonne): Azure over water in base three towers argent pors, windows and masoned sable over each a fleur-de-lys argent.

Versailles (Yvelines): Azure three fleurs-de-lys or on a chief argent a double-headed cock proper.
Arms adopted on September 15, 1789.
Le Vésinet (Yvelines): Gules a horn or stringed argent, on a chief azure a daisy argent slipped vert between two oak leaves of the last.

Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines): per pale dimidiated azure a fleur-de-lys or and gules an oak tree eradicated vert fructed argent.
A 1228 seal shows five twigs of mint (canting arms: "menthe" = mint). A 1307 seal shows the dimidiated fleur-de-lys and mint twigs. The latter may have been later misread as an oak tree.
Poissy (Yvelines): Azure a fish argent between two fleurs-de-lys in chief and in base and a demi-fleur-de-lys issuant from dexter flank.
Canting arms ("poisson" = fish). Two fishes appear on a 1276 seal, a fish and a fleur-de-lys on a 1308 seal.
Rambouillet (Yvelines): per pale, sable a saltire dimidiated argent, and tierced per fess or a stag statant proper, gules a ram statant or, and argent on a mount a tree vert; over all on a hurt a fleur-de-lys or.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines): Azure a crib beneath a fleur-de-lys or and in base the date 5 7BRE 1638 argent.
The birthplace of Louis XIV, whose birthdate was September 5, 1638.


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