Nazis Seen Set to Oust Petain Regime; Dorion, Marquet Favored
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Nazis Seen Set to Oust Petain Regime; Dorion, Marquet Favored

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The belief that Germany would soon dispense with the Petain Government in France and replace it with a more pro – Nazi regime was gaining ground here tonight.

Such rightist leaders as Adrien Marquet, present Interior Minister, Marcel Deat and Jacques Doriot are expected to be included in the new government. Deat, Marquet and Barthelemy Montagnon, helped found French Neo – Socialism, whose program is summed up as ” Order Authority, Nation.”

The Nazis would occupy the remainder of France, thus reducing it to a satellite status similar to that of Denmark and Norway, it was predicted here.

Despite the complaisance of the Petain Government, Nazi dissatisfaction with its attitude was revealed in German broadcasts during the last two weeks from the occupied zone which sharply criticized the regime and apparently sought to undermine public confidence in it.

The Germans’ disapproval also was revealed by their apparent refusal to aid the Petain Ministry in meeting the grave problem of feeding 20,000,000 persons in a territory normally occupied by about 9,000,000 and which is entirely cut off from former sources of supply – occupied France and North Africa.

Nazi broadcasts simultaneously painted a glowing picture of the future ” new order” which Germany has promised to create in Europe. A recent broadcast emanating from occupied Luxembourg appealed to French has to join with Germany in reconstructing the continent on a new social system, which has been proven in Germany and Italy, and which , based on labor, would bring peace and prosperity to all. The broadcast said that Germany was strong and young enough to assume responsibility for establishment of this new state of affairs.

What this “new order” is likely to be was described by South African Prime Minister Jan Christian Smuts in a broadcast from Capetown. He said it would create a “mechanized Europe with some of the forms but none of the substance of freedom.”

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