|District of Lorraine|
Bezirk Lothringen (in German)
Présidence de Lorraine (in French)
|District of Alsace-Lorraine|
Lorraine district with its subdistricts in different colours (1890)
|6,223 km2 (2,403 sq mi)|
|6,228 km2 (2,405 sq mi)|
|o Type||regional administration|
|G.H. von Donnersmarck|
|Botho zu Eulenburg|
|Robert von Puttkamer|
|Präsident des Bezirkstags (speaker of parl.)|
|Historical era||19th and 20th century|
o seized to Germany
|19 May 1871 1871|
o reorganisation acc.
to German standards
o Bezirkstag est.
o reg. carsign VI C
o French occupation
10 January 1920 1918/1920
o reconstituted as
|Political subdivisions||8 rural districts (as of 1901)|
1 urban district (Metz)
|Today part of||France|
Bezirk Lothringen (French: Présidence  de la Lorraine; i.e. Department of Lorraine), also called German Lorraine (deutsches Lothringen), was the name for a Department ("Bezirk") in the western part of Alsace-Lorraine when it was part of the German Empire from 1871 to 1918.
The District of Lorraine was unlike Prussian government regions no simple governorate but a corporation of self-rule of the pertaining rural and urbans subdistricts and cantons, similar to regions in the then neighbouring Bavaria (Palatinate). Thus the district parliaments delegated deputies to the General Council (parliament), the Bezirkstag von Lothringen (French: Conseil Général de la Lorraine). The capital of the District of Lorraine was Metz.
The department comprised the districts ("Kreise") of :
The district of Lorraine corresponds exactly to the current département of Moselle. After the outbreak of the Second World War and the defeat of France in 1940, the département of Moselle, renamed CdZ-Gebiet Lothringen, was added to the Gau Westmark on 30 November 1940.