Eat up, or you’re getting the Saarland back.

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Kimmi G

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S: Charlemagne The secrets of the Saarland


Over its history Saarland has been French, German and, for a decade after the second world war, independent. In their singsong, French-influenced dialect, folk here still refer to the rest of Germany as the Reisch (empire). To other Germans it is an odd place. Presenting François Mitterrand with a plate of Saumagen (sow’s stomach), Helmut Kohl apocryphally joked: “Eat up, or you’re getting the Saarland back.”


Question:
Could anybody help explain this joke for me? I don't get it. What did Mr Kohl try to say? lol

Thanks in advance!

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  • owlman5

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    He is saying that the Saarland is a piece of land that France probably doesn't want to own. If Mitterrand doesn't eat that mess, Kohl will give the Saarland back to France.
     

    Kimmi G

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    He is saying that the Saarland is a piece of land that France probably doesn't want to own. If Mitterrand doesn't eat that mess, Kohl will give the Saarland back to France.
    emmmm That's a good deal! I'd prefer a piece of land to a plate of meat.
     

    owlman5

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    It is a place that has both French and German influences. It is probably too French for the Germans to believe that is a genuine part of Germany. It is probably too German for the French to consider it to be truly a part of France.
     

    Kimmi G

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    It is a place that has both French and German influences. It is probably too French for the Germans to believe that is a genuine part of Germany. It is probably too German for the French to consider it to be truly a part of France.
    Cool! Thank you!!!
     
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