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Understanding Vichy's Policy

Understanding Vichy's Policy

Chapter:
(p.137) 7 Understanding Vichy's Policy
Source:
The Hunt for Nazi Spies
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226438955.003.0008

This chapter examines the counterespionage policy of Vichy France. It analyzes the attitude of Philippe Pétain towards the anti-German activities of its secret services based on the memoirs of secret service veterans. The memoirs depict the Vichy government as ambivalent toward the secret service and describe constant struggle between the two. The analysis also reveals that the low-level daily functioning of these services was autonomous and their anti-German activity was not known at governmental level.

Keywords:   counterespionage, Vichy France, Philippe Pétain, anti-German activities, memoirs, secret service agents

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