Monday, September 06, 2004


City, Saarland Land (state), southwestern Germany. It lies along both sides of the Saar River, near the French border, northwest of Saarbr�cken. Founded and named by Louis XIV of France in 1680 and fortified by the military engineer S�bastien de Le Prestre Vauban (1680 - 86), it became the capital of the French Sarre province. The site of an important arms works in the Napoleonic era, it