FRANCE: Footnote to Defeat

Cold, hungry, beaten France, the France that had lost even hope, last week was a world power to reckon with. For in Madagascar France held one of the world's most vital seaposts (see p. 15). In her Navy she held the balance of world naval power.

Vice Premier Admiral Jean Franqois Darlan announced last week that the 26,500-ton battleship Dunkerque had put into the French Mediterranean naval base of Toulon under her own power. Even after 18 months of repair work at Oran, where she was blasted at anchor by the British Fleet (TIME, Sept. 16, 1940), the...

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