In Saarland, the tumultuous Franco-German friendship is cultivated on a daily basis

REPORT – The Land of Saarland, the smallest in the country by area, is teeming with crossed stories fueled by the war. In schools, since 2007, French has replaced English as the first compulsory foreign language.

On the occasion of the German legislative elections of September 26, Le Figaro takes you to the discovery of this great neighbor sometimes little known. From the passion for the automobile to the power of family businesses, from young people eager for travel to recent waves of immigration, from the relationship with France to the weight of collective memory, a journey in six episodes in this Germany which is turning the corner. Merkel page.

Even if its course has been diverted over the centuries, the Saar flows peacefully below the garden. The two hundred year old earthenware rests in a cupboard out of sight. The lovely property that can be seen at the entrance to the bend has dozed off. His ancestors, whose portraits adorn the walls, watch over the august house, as well as a delightful lady, 88 years old, whom in town they nickname «Saarfranzösin», the Frenchwoman from Sarre.

Discreet and comely, Odile Villeroy de Galhau lives in Wallerfangen, or Vaudrevange, depending on whether one borrows from the language of Goethe or Molière.

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