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Should Alsace and North- Eastern Lorraine remain French?

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Are Alsace and North-Eastern Lorraine more French than German in terms of culture?

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  • The inhabitants may speak French, but that is because of historical reasons, not cultural ones. There are still many Alsatians (around 40%) who speak a dialect of German, and their culture is German, especially in the rural areas.





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Do the inhabitants prefer to be French?

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Would the territories benefit more economically and socially by being French than by re-joining Germany?

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Does France have more historical right to these territories than Germany?

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  • These territories were originally German. The French felt mortified when Bismarck's army took this region, but in all fairness they were only really taking back what had been taken from the Holy Roman Empire in the days of the French monarchy. For some reason this was overlooked at the Treaty of Versailles when the victorious powers of the First World War decided to give this region back to France again. It is also worth noting that Germany never got to negotiate the treaty, and they had little option but to sign it once it was decided on.





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