Specially in those days.
After FF's death and the beginning of WW1 it was an impossible dream, installing a kid of 9 at the head of a state, squeezed between two antagonists as Germany and France.
If not a Germany "protectorate" it could be an easy prey for France (... or not)
France entered the war wanting to recover Alsace and Lorraine that were lost (again) after Napoleon III.
What would be the feeling of a national lorraine army ? Probably pro-french.
: I do not suppose that France would have
: welcomed this - Lorraine had been promised
: to France by the Treaty of Vienna of 1737
: and was incorporated into the Kingdom in
: 1766 with the death of its life-Duke,
: Stanislas Leczynski. It was occupied
: illegally in 1870 and incorporated into the
: new German Empire and it is certain that
: when Marshal Joffre recaptured the region
: and (partially)returned it to French rule on
: the 7 August 1914 any German Duke of
: Lorraine would have been deposed and his
: property confiscated.
: The occupation in 1940 and the reintegration
: into Germany was never recognised by France.
: The only legacy of this period is that
: Alsace Lorraine remains subject to the terms
: of the 1801 Concordat between France and the
: Holy See, as the 1905 revocation was not
: enforceable in Alsace-Lorraine, then part of
: Germany. This means that the strict
: Church-State separation of 1905 (which
: coincided with extraordinary persecution of
: the Church, the forced closure of religious
: houses and schools) does not prevail in this
: part of France (now Alsace-Moselle). Hence
: the Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed and Jewish
: faiths are all officially recognized by the
: state and the ministers in the region
: receive their salaries from the state.
: A unique privilege of the French president
: remains to nominate the bishop of Metz and
: (since 1988) archbishop of Strasburg, with
: the agreement of the Holy See, under whose
: authority these two Sees remains directly
: subject rather than being full members of
: the French conference of bishops. President
: Hollande, an atheist who refused to enter
: any part of St Peter's when he visited the
: Pope and refused to enter the church of San
: Luigi dei Francesi, but only entered the
: church hall for the traditional meeting with
: the French clergy in Rome, remains the only
: head of state in the world who appoints
: Catholic bishops.
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: I actually like the idea of an independent
: grand-duchy of Lorraine for Max Hohenberg.
: Too bad it never came to fruition.
: Having lived all of her life in Britain I am
: sure Queen Mary didn't let her morganatic
: status feel that she was anything but royal.
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: Last month I posted a thread on this subject
: as I had read on PdV that it might have been
: ADss Maria Teresa (née Braganza) the author
: of the plan to create an independent
: grand-duchy of Lorraine for Max Hohenberg,
: and that she had written to the kaiser
: asking his support.
: I am reading Greg King and Sue Wolmans'
: "The Assassination of the
: Archduke" and it seems the idea came
: from Kaiser Wilhelm who presented it to
: Franz Ferdinand when he visited the ADke at
: Konopisteck on the early summer of 1914.
: I am loving the book ... and I loved
: Interesting to read that Q.Mary, herself the
: product of a morganatic marriage, had some
: reserves on Sophie Chotek, reserves that
: were swept away when the two ladies had the
: chance to meet and talk.
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