FRANCE: Bastille Day, 1941

Bastille Day passed in France this week without a single parade by Frenchmen. Plans for a parade in Paris were canceled by the Germans, who five days earlier had staged an impressive parade of their own, down the Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde through a double line of stone-silent onlookers. Chief of State Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain had ordered those of his countrymen whom he governs to observe France's onetime No. 1 holiday as a day "without labor" devoted to thinking of "our dead, our prisoners, our ruins, and our hopes."


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