The Vichy government wanted to «work with» Hitler

From July 1940 to August 1944, France was ruled by the Vichy government.

Marshal Philippe Pétain chose to support the «good» sides of Nazi-Germany and Adolf Hitler.

The government officially called itself the French State (État Français), in contrast with the previous designation, «French Republic».

Marshal Philippe Pétain proclaimed the government following the military defeat of France by Nazi Germany during World War II and the vote by the National Assembly on 10 July 1940.

This vote granted extraordinary powers to Pétain, the last Président du Conseil (Prime Minister) of the Third Republic, who then took the additional title Chef de l’État Français (“Chief of the French State”).

Pétain headed the reactionary program of the so-called «Révolution nationale» aimed at «regenerating the Nation».


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