A Shadow of Doubt
Initially, despite being one of the Allied powers, the French were not to be granted an occupation zone due to concerns over the great historical animosity between France and Germany, as well as the relatively minor role played by the French within the alliance. However, throughout the war, Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French forces, continuously argued for France’s role in the post-war world; eventually, both the British and the Americans, each having recognized the role of which the French played (as an Allied power) in the whole of The Second World War, agreed to cede relatively small portions of their respective zones to France. This arrangement resulted in the French zone consisting of two non-contiguous areas along the border with France creating a quadripoint with the US zone on the Rhine. The headquarters of the French military government was in Baden-Baden.
The Saargebiet, an economically important area due to its rich coal deposits, was enlarged and in 1947 turned into the Saar protectorate. It was a nominally independent state, but its economy was integrated into the French economy.