THE SAAR: Heart or Stomach?

A gang of toughs burst into the home of 70-year-old George Geiger, a pro-German member of the Saarbrikken City Council, one night last week, and demanded to know whether he was in possession of "illegal pamphlets." When Geiger protested the invasion, he and his family were shoved about; two hours later, the old man died of a heart attack.

George Geiger's death in the tiny (1,000 sq. mi.) coal-rich Saar basin, the No. 1 trouble spot in Western Europe, set the Rhine River foaming with ancient controversy. On the German shore. Vice Chancellor Franz Blücher flatly accused the Saar's French...

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