FRANCE: Petain Changes His Mind?

In Washington the U.S. Ambassador to Vichy, tall, bald Admiral William Daniel Leahy, sat down to his first press conference since he left France, a few days after Pierre Laval became Chief of Government. For the record Admiral Leahy said: 1) the U.S. had been wise in maintaining relations with Vichy; 2) the U.S. should help stricken France in every way that would not help the Axis; 3) "the people of France are practically unanimously pro-American."

In discussing what is actually going on in Vichy, the Admiral was extremely circumspect. Newshawks came away, however,...

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