Saturday, October 11, 2014

Alsace: Thousands of protesters reject territorial reform – Le Parisien

Alsace: Thousands of protesters reject territorial reform – Le Parisien

<- Hard dé e: 0.015706062316895 sec -> “Hands Alsace!” Thousands of people, 6,800 according to police, up to 15,000 according to the organizers, according to “the News of Alsace” , demonstrated Saturday afternoon in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin).
<- hard dé e: 0.031857967376709 sec -> In a forest of red and white regional flags, expressing their rejection of the merger with Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne, as part of the territorial reform desired by the executive.

The rally under a bright sun, confined space Bordeaux north of the city, was regarded as a real test for the local right UMP head, causing the event with regional chambers. The right to a majority of the regional council and the two councils of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. In the morning, according to the DNA, 141 municipalities have passed a motion for a single Council of Alsace, yet rejected in a referendum in 2013 (read below, Editor’s note) , which would combine the three instances .

If the Alsace had more or less resigned to the idea of ​​merging with Lorraine, the proposal to add members of the Champagne-Ardenne led the right and the Alsace center to oppose now to any merger. For its part, the left Alsatian continues to advocate for a union with the only Lorraine.

“We do not mix champagne and riesling”

On a large stage set up for the occasion succeeded local groups with names like Bredelers or Kansas of Elsass, some singing before President Alsatian region Philippe Richert (UMP) speak. He had said on Monday that Prime Minister Manuel Valls was willing to renegotiate the case of Alsace. But according to the PS elected “Alsace-Lorraine option remains open.”

Wine tasting apples and pretzels were also on the menu. “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 (Moselle has, like Alsace, German annexations NDRL) . But when they (MPs) have added the Champagne-Ardenne, it was too “explained Christian, a bailiff’s clerk came from the region of Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) with his wife. “I’m afraid that Alsace is found drowned, we do not know what sauce is going to be eaten,” said he added.

“I came to say that I am proud my roots, I do not want people coming to our heritage, “testified Stephanie Schaeffer, a mother of smiling family wearing the typical Alsatian headdress, with its large black ears, and a T-shirt with storks, the emblematic bird of the region. It also crossed many local elected from among the demonstrators, mayors of small towns, assistants or councilors.

“When is the federal France?”

Olivier Brungard, deputy mayor of Traubach-le-Haut, a village of Upper -Rhin, came with other elected and interrogative sign: “Parisians Jacobins in France when the Federal?” “The solution is not to form a larger entity such as Belgium, but to give a lot more skills to existing areas, “he said, inviting them to take the example of Germany and Switzerland, two neighboring countries with federal systems,” which have GDP among the highest in Europe. “

Before the event, left Alsatian denounced the risk of fueling the sense of identity. The event is supported by the FN Indeed, the far-right movement “Alsace first” and the regionalist party “Unser Land” (Our Country, Editor’s note) “Unlike other regions This 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.”

department of Moselle Lorraine was annexed by Germany, as the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin.

The Alsatians had rejected a unique community in 2013
April 7, 2013, a referendum was held. Alsatians were to decide on the creation of a single local authority, the Local Authority of Alsace, fusion of the Alsace region and general advice of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. The project was rejected by a large majority of voters (55.74%) in the Upper Rhine, while a survey estimated a month before the election, 71% of Upper Rhine voters were in favor of ” Yes. ” Bas-Rhin, if “yes” was the majority, only 22.90% of registered voters cast while he had a stake of at least 25%. On September 22, the three local authorities in Alsace have resurrected the idea of ​​a “one council” of Alsace.


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