: As for 1870 I do not think that Alsace's
: substantial German speaking Jewish
: population were quite so happy as this
: writer suggests - which is why there was a
: mass exodus westwards to France, greatly to
: its benefit. Neither were the populations of
Yes, I believe Captain Dreyfus's family was part of this migration. I don't really understand why it happened, though. Germany's Jews were emancipated pretty much everywhere by 1870 and many of the new reich's most prominent intellectuals were Jewish, although of course there was antisemitism. But there was antisemitism in France as well. The Crown Prince and Princess of Prussia were positively philo-Semitic, so one might think that German Jews would have seen the future as being rather bright.
: 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.
This is a fascinating anomaly, and truly bizarre given the extraordinary emphasis on secularism in the French republican ideology. Has any attempt been made - either by the Church of French secularists - to get it changed?
A very strange institution is the French presidency - the incumbent is a monarch as co-prince of Andorra and can also appoint bishops. This all made much more sense when the French Head of State was a Catholic king!
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