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October 16, 2021

Nicolas Sarkozy sparks outrage by suggesting Alsace region is German

FRENCH – President Nicolas Sarkozy sparked outrage by saying the bitterly fought-over Alsace region, won from back the Nazis in 1945, was still in Germany, Daily Mirror informs.

He made the gaffe during a speech to agriculturalists in the Alsace town of Truchtersheim, just 20 miles from the German border. He said he could accept unfair competition between China and India but not Germany and France. “I’m not saying that simply because I’m in Germany…” he added, before correcting him­self…“I’m in Alsace.” Sarkozy was booed and whistled after the embarrassing slip-up. He then joked: “Now you see why I need to concentrate on dependency reforms.” The Elysée Pa­lace said it was a “simple error”. Alsace was constantly fought over by the French and Germans, from the Fran­co-Prussian war in 1870 to the end of the Second World War in 1945.

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