FRANCE: Trials & Improvisations

Into a snug nutshell Paris-soir last week crammed a smug definition of Europe's war. It is a "conflict of two civilizations and of two mysticisms—that of gold or liberal capitalism, which is that of America, and that of the service of the State and of labor, which is that of Nazi Germany." Still paying lip service to gold and liberal capitalism, the men of Vichy indicated through their actions last week which "mysticism" Petain France endorsed. "Germany invites us to reconstruct Europe," wrote Rightist Deputy Fernand-Laurent in Le Jour. "I do not...

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