The shame and betrayal that was Vichy France

Revisit one of the most shocking and disgraceful chapters of the Second World War

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13/12/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE History

Vichy France was the regime established by Marshal Philippe Pétain and Adolf Hitler during the Second World War. An armistice signed on June 22, 1940 effectively divided France into two zones: one to be under German military occupation and one to be left to the French in full sovereignty. But the Vichy government quickly became a collaborationist state, its leaders working openly with the Third Reich to suppress political dissent, gag free speech, and counter a burgeoning resistance movement. Notably, it was also complicit in the roundup of thousands of French and foreign Jews, expediting their deportation to concentration camps in Germany and certain death. The Vichy regime stands as one of the most shameful episodes in the country's history, the repercussions of which still reverberate throughout French society today. But what happened to turn France into a quasi-police state, and who were those responsible for doing so?

Click through and revisit one of the most shocking and disgraceful chapters of the Second World War.

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