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Vichy, a spa in Central France, was the seat of a French government which collaborated with the Germans in the years 1940-1944. Did this French government choose this place of their own free will?
Who was the head of state of the Vichy government?
Only responsible to the head of state was a minister, who acted as Prime Minister without formally having that title? Who acted as such during the greater part of the Vichy period, and made himself the most notorious collaborator of France?
There was once a tall French general, who opposed first the armistice in June 1940, and then the Vichy government most vehemently. In England he created what were known as the Free French Forces. Much later on he became the first president of the 5th French Republic. Now try to give the correct answer!
In 1940-1942 France itself was divided in three zones. A zone occupied by the Germans, a zone which was not occupied by foreign armies, and a zone occupied by military from another country. Which country was that?
Just before and at the time of the French-German armistice in 1940 Hitler was more moderate in his demands upon defeated France than Mussolini. What was the reason of Hitler?
He was afraid that otherwise the French fleet would escape his control
He tried to give the French the impression that he was nicer than Mussolini
He had beaten France, but his troops were exhausted
He wanted a serious and lasting peace with France
Now for the formal constitutional status of Vichy. What was it then?
In 1941 a number of French volunteered to fight with the Germans against the Russians. But a greater number also had to do this, although not of their own free will. The greater part of the latter category were:
Frenchmen who for some reasons lost their French citizenship
French workers in Germany
Inhabitants of Alsace-Lorraine
Frenchmen who still were prisoners-of-war of the Germans
What induced the Germans in November 1942 to occupy the hitherto unoccupied zone of Vichy?
The reluctance of Vichy to deport Jews and labourers
The fact that the Vichy goverment had secret dealings with the Allies
The fear that in the free zone a secret French army would be built
The Anglo-American landings in North Africa in the same month
In the summer of 1944 the Allies liberated the greater part of France. Only small plots remained in German hands. What became of the Vichy government?
Pétain died in a car accident. The Germans shot some of the ministers, and put the rest in a concentration camp
Pétain and his ministers dissolved the State of Vichy and gave themselves up to the Allies
The Germans forced the head of state and the other members to go to a castle in Germany
In the small French territory not yet in Allied hands, they upheld their shadowy State till the very end
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