FRANCE: The Inheritors

Behind the battle lines in North Africa, from beneath the deadening blanket thrown over all France by Hitler's occupation of the Vichy zone, emerged the specter of French politics. The week's events, starting from the innocent assumption of U.S. military men that control of French Northwest Africa had best be given into trusted and experienced French hands, soon threatened to split Allied feelings along the well-known line of Vichy v. De Gaulle.

Shifty Admiral Jean Francois Darlan, ex-collaborating Premier, heir-designate of Marshal Pétain and Commander in Chief of all French sea, land and air forces, had come to Algiers some...

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