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8. Disaffection and Unreliability

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The Police were emerging as an essential tool of collaboration, vital to Vichy's external political objectives. The prominent place held in Franco-German negotiations by questions of policing became even more paramount as Vichy lost most of its other early bargaining counters. Vichy's obsession with sovereignty and willingness to do the Nazis' dirty work for them, could allow the Germans to occupy France with the minimum deployment of German Police and military resources. The French side of the bargain was that they would increase their campaign against 'terrorism, anarchism and communism'. The agreements were extended to the newly occupied Southern zone in the spring of 1943. By the middle of 1943, however, it became apparent that the Police were not fully trusted by either Vichy or the Germans. Widespread disaffection had set in within Police ranks, both at the national and local level, a fact recognised by sources from all sides.

Keywords: communism; France; German; Police; terrorism; Vichy



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