FRANCE: Easements

To many loyal but tired Frenchmen last week the springs and parks and ornamental villas of Vichy seemed more forlorn than ever. For out of Vichy, after weeks of rumor, came the most striking signs yet of French "collaboration" with Adolf Hitler, and suspicion sped through France that if Marshal Petain was still doggedly trying to pick up the French pieces, his aged fingers were now only fumbling.

Back & forth between Vichy and Paris shuttled Marshal Petain's dapper, middle-aged Vice Premier, Admiral Jean Frangois Darlan. At length Vichy announced that "certain...

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