|The "classical" 22 regions in France (©Plavius, Wikipedia)|
From the beginning the formation of a greater Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardenne region was unpopular but the opposition became virulent in neighboring Alsace when Minister-President Valls said: There is no Alsatian people, there is only a French nation. Once more in history the Alsatians saw their identity compromised.
Before the French King Louis XIV occupied the Alsace following the Thirty Year's War the region had belonged to the Holy Roman Empire. The inhabitants on the other side of the Rhine river spoke and some still speak a German dialect: Do werd noch elsassisch gredd (We still speak Alsatian here).
|Touche pas à l'Alsace (©AFP)|
The plan of the Paris administration to throw Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardenne into one basket the Alsatians felt as a slap in their face in particular as the government did not touch the regional borders of Corsica and Brittany. They call le rattachement de l'Alsace à la Lorraine et à la Champagne-Ardenne a forced Anschluss. Would it better for the Alsace instead of the ménage à trois (love? triangle) to be married with the Lorraine only or is this combination a reminiscence of the affiliation of the region to the Second Reich?
In the meantime the Alsatians have abbreviated the name of the new region to Elsagne (Alsagne).