French defeat at the elusive hands of Germany in World War II transformed the

French defeat at the elusive hands of germany in

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French defeat at the elusive hands of Germany in World War II transformed the history of France to come. Hitler quickly negotiated an armistice with France, which was ostensibly lenient but would trap France into total submission. The Nazis established a puppet regime in France, known as the Vichy, led by national hero, Philippe Petain, and Pierre Laval. What the public saw was antithetical to actual forces at play during the Vichy. Hitler effectively channeled his own beliefs through Petain and Laval, who unconditionally obeyed out of apprehension. Both France and Germany soon entered into a period of collaboration with each other for reasons not directly apparent. At face, the French were frightened by Germany’s military prowess and prudently befriended Germany. Should Germany have won the war, France would have had a cordial relationship with Hitler. It soon became evident that “collaboration” with France euphemized Hitler’s exploitation of France politically, economically, militarily, and even culturally. Ironically, the period of Franco-German collaboration was characterized by acidulous relations between the two nations. 37 ibid.
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