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A demonstration for Alsace and against the merger “Do not touch the Alsace!” 6,500 people according to police, up to 30,000 according to organizers, demonstrated Saturday in Strasbourg in a forest of red and white regional flags to express their rejection of the merger with Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne.Le rally under a bright sun, confined on a large square in the north of the city, was regarded as a real test for the local right UMP head, causing the event with regional chambers .la police registered about 6,500 participants, according to preliminary estimates. The stated objective of the organizers is to reach a total of 10,000 protesters to be heard until Paris.Free a great set up for the occasion scene followed another local groups with names like “Bredelers” or “Kansas of Elsass,” some singing in Alsace.
“We do not know what sauce they will be eaten.” Wine tasting apples and pretzels were also on the menu. “Hands off Alsace,” could be read on a sign of several meters high, contained an Alsatian traditional costume in the furious air and wielding a pitchfork. “Alsatians yes Sheep no!” or “We do not mix Riesling and Champagne,” could be read on other posters. “Merge with Lorraine, it does not bother me, because we have a common history. But when they (MPs) have added the Champagne-Ardenne, it was too “says Christian, a bailiff’s clerk came from the Mulhouse region with his wife.” I’m afraid that Alsace is found drowned, we do not know what sauce we will be eaten, “said he added
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“I came to say that I am proud of my roots, I do not want to touch our heritage, “reflects Stephanie Schaeffer, a mother of smiling family wearing the typical Alsatian headdress, with its large black ears, and a T -Shirt with storks, the iconic bird of région.On also crossed many local elected from among the demonstrators, mayors of small towns, assistants or councilors. Political speeches, including regional president Philippe Richert (UMP), were also prévus.Olivier Brungard, deputy mayor of Traubach-le-Haut, a village in the Haut-Rhin, came with other elected and interrogative sign . “? Parisians Jacobins in France when the federal”
. “More skills for existing regions ” The solution is not to form a larger entity such as Belgium but to give many more skills to existing areas, “he said, inviting to emulate Germany and Switzerland, two neighboring countries with federal systems,” which have some of the highest GDP of Europe, “said Will il.Les three Alsatian communities have risen 22 September draft a” one council “of Alsace, yet rejected in a regional referendum in 2013 partly due to a too low . turnout Alsace was resigned to the idea of merging with Lorraine
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But the proposal of Deputies on July 23 to add the Champagne-Ardenne led the right and center in the Alsatian now oppose any fusion.De his Alsatian left side, which continues to advocate for a union with the only Lorraine, denounced partisan event and could fuel the sentiment identitaire.Car the event is also supported by the National Front, the far-right movement “Alsace first” and regionalist party “Unser Land” (Our Country ). “Unlike other areas, it is not in the Alsatian mentality manifest Alsatians are very legitimists” according to Jean-Georges Trouillet, spokesman Unser Land movement. “When they show is that it’s serious.”