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'Vichy' was directed first by the First World War hero Philippe Pétain, coupled with the scheming parliamentarian Pierre Laval. Then after the end of 1940 power would pass to Pétain and the opportunistic naval admiral François Darlan. Finally, Laval would return in April 1942 when Pétain was relegated to a largely symbolic role. Few voices of dissent were raised in the Police when the Vichy regime first came to power. Vichy was not only considered as legitimate but, even amongst formerly Republican Policemen, many actually welcomed its arrival in power. If this position would seem an unlikely descendent of the political stance adopted by the Marseille Police at the end of the 1930s several explanations must be invoked. Vichy's ability to draw on a reliable Police force was encouraged by the ambition of Policemen, both personal and professional.

Keywords: France; Marseille; Philippe Pétain; Police; Vichy Government



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