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The Marseille force was marked by a sentiment of victimisation, characterised by a feeling of being unappreciated because of lack of public support, suffering poor material conditions and underpay, having to cope with a lack of manpower and resources which made policing inefficient and forced the Police to accommodate themselves to the local political climate. The Police showed a clear preference for moderates or reformers who broadly respected the existing status quo over revolutionaries who attempt fundamental changes. The image of the Police in the collective memory of the Vichy years is built around a series of myths. The most common currency of Police Resistance consisted of losing a compromising report, sending information on to Resistance networks, supplying false identity cards, tipping off someone of an imminent arrest, dragging one's feet when asked to perform a task and closing one's eyes to acts of opposition.

Keywords: Liberation; Marseille; policing; Vichy



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