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EU founding father Robert Schuman on the rocky road to sainthood

In a profession in which men are more likely to sell their souls, Schuman seems the exception

Robert Schuman was born German, died French and in between became a father of Europe.

  • Lara Marlowe
  • The Irish Times

Three days ago, he embarked on the path to sainthood.

Before he reconciled France and Germany, Schuman’s life was determined by the wars between them.

His father, Jean-Pierre, was born French but became German when Alsace-Lorraine changed hands in the Franco-Prussian war.

His mother, Eugénie, a Luxemburger, had to take her husband’s nationality. Luxembourg was occupied by Germany when Robert was born there in 1886.

He chose French…

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