Foreign News: Force Approach

Though Vichy might not go to war for Adolf Hitler, it did the next best thing for him. Last week it passed sweeping new laws obliging all Frenchmen between 18 and 50 and all unmarried Frenchwomen between 20 and 35 to work at any job the Government might name. This wording fooled nobody. Germany desperately needs workers. Last June Hitler had offered the release of 1,500,000 French war prisoners as bait to French labor. But only a few thousand workers had been willing to cross into Germany. Now Hitler had forced Vichy to force Frenchmen to cross.


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