Since Wallis and Futuna is a colony of France, its authorized ensign is the national tricolor of France. However, an unofficial flag is also flown in the territory.
The informal banner of Wallis and Futuna depicts a red cross with diagonal bars of equal length on a white quadrilateral with equal sides, which sequentially is positioned on a red background (as a substitute, a bigger white-colored cross pattee is applied).
The Maltese cross is placed somewhat away from the middle of the flag to the right side (the cross pattee is moved somewhat down). The French tricolor is bordered by white stripes on two sides, placed in the upper left side. During formal and important events, the French tricolor is hoisted. There are four isosceles triangles (white) in the center. Their vertices are twisted to the middle and are at 90° angles to one another.
The red color stands for bravery, and the white color is the symbol of clarity of principles. The trigons stand for three indigenous rulers of the archipelago and the French commissioner. The flag of France is an orientation to French dominion. Other than these features, the ensign is similar to that of the period of King I. P. Lavelua but has no formal acceptance.
The France tricolor has been traditionally used in Wallis and Futuna for formal events. The layout of the unofficial flag originated from an old red flag with a white Maltese cross, which was launched by religious messengers from France in the 19th century.
|Name||Flag of Wallis and Futuna, Wallis and Futuna Flag, Official Flag of Wallis and Futuna|
|Stands for||The red color symbolizes bravery and the white color represents transparency. The four white isosceles triangles stand for the three indigenous monarchs of the archipelago and the French commissioner.|
|Colors||Red, blue, and white.|