FRANCE: The Admiral Claims

A claim that diplomatic stress & strain between Vichy and the U.S. would soon be over was made this week by Vichy's wily little Vice Premier, Admiral Jean François Darlan. He said that "full agreement" was near. He implied that Vichy would guarantee the neutrality of the French Fleet and all of France's African colonies, including Madagascar, Axis-coveted strategic stronghold in the Indian Ocean. Admiral Darlan also said that the U.S. would resume food shipments to French North Africa, cut off last November when Vichy recalled her North African commander, Maxime Weygand....

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