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—  State of Germany  —
Flag of Alsace-Lorraine.png
Coat of arms of Lorraine
Coat of arms
Deutschland Lage von Lothringen.png
Country Germany
Capital Metz
 - Minister-President [[Michael Gorringen]] (FDP)
 - Governing parties FDP / CDU
 - Votes in Reichsrat 6 (of 148)
 - Total 23,547 km2 (9,091.5 sq mi)
Population (2008-06-30)[1]
 - Total 2,343,000
 - Density 257.7/sq mi (99.5/km2)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code DE-LO
GDP/ Nominal € 44.3 billion (2005)[citation needed]
NUTS Region DE1

Lorraine is one of the three Regierungsbezirke of Alsace-Lorraine. Up until 1871, the entire state was part of France. After the Franco-Prussian war, the upper portion was annexed along with most of Alsace as Alsace-Lorraine. After World War I, and the French invasion of Germany, the Germans demanded the remainder of Lorraine in compensation for their losses, but were denied by the Americans and British, who opted instead for greater war reparations. World War II changed the situation, when the Fascists in France invaded Germany and annexed everything up to the Rhine river. Once defeated, the Germans occupied a large swath of France, retreating back to the modern borders of Lorraine once the peace treaty was signed, using the territory as a demilitarized zone for a period of ten years, until the region voted to rejoin the Fifth French Republic.



Alsace is divided into 3 Regierungsbezirke: Upper Alsace, Lower Alsace, and Lorraine.

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