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Maginot Line

The Maginot Line is shown here in unbroken red

The Maginot Lin (French: Ligne Maginot) was a line of fortifications built by France during the 1930s along the French-German border to deter an invasion by Nazi Germany. It was named after France's Minister of War Andre Maginot. The line extended from Luxembourg to Switzerland, and the French decided against extended it to the English Channel as they did not want to upset Belgium. The line failed in its purpose, and today serves as a metaphor for expensive efforts that offer false security.

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