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Sarkozy's gaffe ON ww-ii sparks fury

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked outrage by saying that the Alsace region, won back from the Nazis after the World War II, was still 'in Germany'.

world Updated: Jan 21, 2011 01:21 IST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked outrage by saying that the Alsace region, won back from the Nazis after the World War II, was still 'in Germany'.

He made the slip during a speech to agriculturalists in the Alsatian town of Truchtersheim, less than 20 miles from the German border, reports the Daily Mail.

Sarkozy said he could accept unfair competition between China and India, but not between Germany and France.

"I'm not saying that simply because I'm in Germany," he said, before correcting himself to say: "I'm in Alsace."

The crowd immediately began jeering and then booing Sarkozy, who appeared shocked by what he had said - putting his hands up in the air as if surrender.

Alsace, a region between France and Germany, was a key cause of the two World Wars.