Vichy: Two Years of Deception

Vichy: Two Years of Deception

Vichy: Two Years of Deception

Vichy: Two Years of Deception


I owe a brief personal explanation to my readers.

In June, 1940, I was stationed in Morocco. Like the overwhelming majority of Frenchmen in North Africa, I was opposed to the armistice and to the breaking of our alliances. As they did, I refused to concede that a capitulation manifestly contrary to the will of the French people could put an end to the state of war between France and Germany. With this in mind, four months later, I personally opened the first negotiations for the supplying of North Africa. By maintaining economic relations with the free world I, among others, hoped that a barrier could be erected against German penetration in the French Empire, thus preparing the way for the French overseas territories to break with Vichy and reenter the war.

From April, 1941, to April, 1942, in my new functions as Counsellor to the French Embassy in Washington, I pursued the same policy for as long as it could reasonably counteract the development of Franco-German collaboration and maintain the spirit of resistance in North Africa. During that time I dealt only with matters pertaining to North Africa, and was not connected with any other activity of the Vichy representation.

After Pierre Laval's return to power, I openly joined General de Gaulle.

It was then--in answer to a suggestion made by The Macmillan Company of New York--that I decided to write on the Vichy regime and the fatal evolution which led it, from concession to concession, to the last stage of enslavement.

In carrying out this task, I have endeavored to attain the . . .

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