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What do quiche Lorraine, Mirabelle plums, rum baba and Madeleine cakes all have in common ? They all come from the Lorraine region of France, with its fascinating hybrid culture long fought over by France and Germany. Lorraine is the only French region to have borders with three other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
Today, everyone who lives in this northeastern region speaks French, though Lorraine Franconian, a dialect of middle German, is spoken around Metz and Thionville and in the German Palatinate. Use of the traditional romance language Lorrain, a French dialect, is limited. The area has been part of France since then, with the exception of WWII.