FRANCE: Sweet Haven

Last week Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain. France's earnest Catholic Chief of State, drafted a decree which he hopes will keep French home fires banked if not burning.

There will be no more quick divorce in the France that Vichy rules. Instead of allowing couples 20 days to think things over before divorce, the new law will require two years for an attempted reconciliation.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman denied that Marshal Petain's new decree was dictated by religious considerations, insisted it was one more effort to halt the downward spiral of France's birth rate.

While Vichy was encouraging human procreation in Unoccupied...

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