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De Gaulle Annuls Anti-jewish Laws in Syria and Lebanon

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The anti-Jewish laws which the Vichy Government had extended from France to Syria and Lebanon, French-mandated territories, have now been declared null and void by General de Gaulle, the Free French Delegation in New York announced here today.

“A message from General de Gaulle from Syria notifies the Free French Delegation in the United States that the anti-Semitic and racial laws promulgated by Vichy are considered null and void by the Free French in Syria and Lebanon,” the announcement states. “The Free French only apply those laws which have been enacted before the 18th of June 1940, together with the new ordinances of the Chief of the Free French Forces.”

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