FRANCE: Laval Returns

Pierre Laval, the best hated man in France, came back into power this Tuesday when old Marshal Pétain knuckled under to Hitler again, announced that he would give Hitler's slippery French favorite a post in the Government. At the same time Pétain called off the Riom trials until they could be rigged nearer to Hitler's desire.

Laval is the father of Vichyfrench collaboration with Hitler and served as Vice Premier and Foreign Minister for the first six months after the fall of France. But in December 1940 Pétain found him at once so unpopular and so highhanded in his pro-Naziism...

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