FRANCE: Factories at Work

A special train carrying 452 pallid, cadaverous, sick and wounded French war prisoners ground into the Gare du Nord last week, bringing a stench of decaying, living flesh to Paris. Six trainloads of healthy French flesh on the hoof left France for Germany. Pierre Laval's plan of exchanging three French workers for one war prisoner was functioning. Frenchmen had become domestic animals, weighed and traded and shipped.

The Plan was worked out with German thoroughness and handed to Laval. German factories' requests for labor were sent to recruiting service bureaus, in both Occupied and Unoccupied France, which referred them...

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