Strasbourg may not be a transport hub, but â¿¿ a stylish city with one of Europe's best Gothic cathedrals â¿¿ it more than makes up for that in historic significance, Trautmann argues.Often fiercely fought over by Germany and France in centuries of fighting, Strasbourg has both Gallic and Teutonic influences, from its street signs to its gastronomic specialties. Tucked on the French side of the Rhine river, it became an emblem of the warm ties France and Germany had nurtured since World War II. For France, the Strasbourg parliament also evolved into a symbol of its status as a European heavyweight, and a boon for the local economy.
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