FRANCE: Darlan v. Britain

Last week Vichy's wily, grey little Vice Premier Admiral Jean François Darlan announced that France "will act to hasten the hour of peace." Since he also was openly of the opinion that Britain could not win the war, this was tantamount to saying that France would now openly help the Axis end the war by winning it. That Britain was well aware of her former ally's hostile intentions was evident:

> Britain announced that French-mandated Syria, where 180 Nazi bombers were reported based, would be regarded as "enemy territory."

> Britain announced that it would issue no more navicerts to...

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