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Name[edit]

Shouldn't this page be Saar (1947-1956)? Given that it became part of Germany on January 1, 1957.

Or maybe a better name is Saar (French protectorate) or Saarland (French protectorate), without using the years of existence. Chanheigeorge 01:30, 7 October 2005 (UTC)

1952 Elections[edit]

The statistics of the 1952 elections where pro reunification parties were barred would be a lot more meaningful if the percentage of voters who actually took part was given. Has anyone been able to dig them up?Stor stark7 18:35, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

Contradictions[edit]

This article contradicts with Saarland on the subject of currency used during and just after the protectorate. TheGrappler 16:42, 23 July 2006 (UTC)

I changed the date when Germany's Deutsche Mark became Saarland's currency. According to a German-speaking description of Saarland's history, Saarland returned to Germany (Federal Republic of Germany, that is) on January 1, 1959, still using French Franc as its currency; Germany's Deutsche Mark replaced it on July 6, 1959. The text says: Am 6. Juli 1959 folgte die wirtschaftliche Rückgliederung aus dem französischen in den deutschen Wirtschaftsraum, bei der u.a. in einem Währungsumtausch der Franken durch die Mark ersetzt wurde.
Saar_franc also gives some information about the currencies used in Saar / Saarland. Thomasnimmesgern 02:07, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

European flag[edit]

From the article:

The conflict between France and Germany over control of the Saarland led to the European flag being given 12 stars instead of the originally proposed 15.

How/why? We need more of an explanation. I don't understand how this one territory would be the difference between 12 and 15 stars. Funnyhat 19:38, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

I was under the impression that the Twelve Stars of the European Flag came from Revelation 12.1 via the Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Strasbourge Cathedral. 12 is one of the special numbers in the Jewish Christian Tradition, 12 Tribes of Isreal and 12 Apostles, and is likely to have been made so because there are 12 complete Calendar Moons to the Solar Year. It is the United States Flag which gains stars when a new state is added. I agree that there seems to be no logic in the Saarland being responsible for the twelve stars instead of fifteen. peter.hawkins@orange.fr —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.214.53.252 (talk) 21:07, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


From Flag of Europe: The number of stars on the flag is fixed at 12, and is not related to the number of member states of the EU. This is because it originally was the flag of the Council of Europe, and does not have a relationship with the EU.[12] In 1953, the Council of Europe had 15 members; it was proposed that the future flag should have one star for each member, and would not change based on future members. West Germany objected to this as one of the members was the disputed area of Saarland, and to have its own star would imply sovereignty for the region.[13] Twelve was eventually adopted as a number with no political connotations and as a symbol of perfection and completeness[12] because of the ubiquity of the number for groups in European cultures and traditions. Etm157 (talk) 09:21, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Other[edit]

What does "strongly ethnically German" mean? Strongly as compared to what? To other German states? Or to France? Anyways, the term should be clarified. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adlerauge24 (talkcontribs) 19:34, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

It's probably just someone's pov pushing. I just removed the unnecessary adjective. Volunteer Marek  20:17, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Deficient map[edit]

The current map is bordering on useless, it being virtually impossible to spot the region in question. Nick Cooper (talk) 18:58, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

This article seriously needs a clear map showing the actual borders of the protectorate and its main cities in the time described. werldwayd (talk) 13:05, 15 September 2014 (UTC)