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image by Ivan Sache
The flag is the Jura cantonal flag plus a blue stripe at the hoist.
Ivan Sache, 14 September 1999
The Mouvement Indépendantiste Jurassien exists to advocate independence for the 6 francophone districts of Jura.
Pascal Prince, 22 January 2000
According to the MIJ website, the blue stripe represents the will to create an independent state from Switzerland. The addition of this stripe to the Jura cantonal flag forms a rectangular flag, distancing it from Swiss flags, which are all square. The colour blue represents:
Nasha Gagnebin, 1 March 2002
[The Mouvement Indépendantiste Jurassien (MIJ) is
not to be confused with the Mouvement autonomiste jurassien (MAJ)
(formerly Mouvement séparatiste jurassien and Rassemblement jurassien).
While the former strives for the independence of North and South Jura from Switzerland, the latter advocates the
accession of the southern Bernese Jura into the northern Jura canton ("reunification")
(geographical map). –
The MIJ has no actual website nor a contact address, where we could ask why they chose a flag resembling so strongly the French tricolore (that's what people associate with it in the first place), if their aim is to become an independent state. Or do they prefer to become a part of a French Département as a part of a French Région, rather than to be the Swiss "République et Canton du Jura"? Do they think they'd have more political and financial independence than now? –
Denominational differences no longer play a major role in our days, but cultural backgrounds have a longer lifetime: The districts forming the Jura canton are predominantly Catholic, while those districts who chose to stay in Protestant Bern are prevailingly Protestant.]