Elsass-Lothringen[/QUOTE said:Let me continue this historical off-topic remark.
My favorite history teacher explained that Charlemagne divided his empire among his 3 grandsons.
He gave Lothar the middle stripe among Bald Charles (king of Western France) and German Lewis (king of Germany).
Lothar kicked the bucket earliest. Since the France and Germany kept fighting for Lothar's heritage, for more than 1100 years.