FRANCE: Help Me!

France was in pain. Cold and the want of food and fuel were painful. And if millions of Frenchmen were anguished by collaboration with Germany, so was collaborating Marshal Henri Philippe Petain. He virtually begged Germany for mercy.

"In partial exile to which I am subjected," said he, "I strive to do all my duty. Each day I endeavor to wrest this country from the stagnation that threatens it. ... Help me!" Remarking that the new French Constitution was almost ready, he added: "But that document can only be dated from Paris and promulgated only on the moral of the...

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