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Jews in Unoccupied France Warned “to Keep Quiet”

Jews in unoccupied France were today advised to “keep quiet and not bring attention upon themselves,” in an article in Action Francaise, an anti-Semitic newspaper. The paper charged that Jews are criticizing the present regime. “If this continues, it will cost the Jews dearly,” the article warned.

The Paris press, while maintaining complete silence on the bombing of six synagogues last week, today continues its anti-Semitic attacks. At the same time, however, the Journal des Debates, a Vichy newspaper, publishing an editorial sharply denouncing the synagogue attacks, states: “The wrecking of the Parisian synagogues has provoked a deep feeling of astonishment and reprobation throughout the country. Christian France cannot tolerate such blind gestures in contradiction with tolerance, honor and fraternity. Such actions are offensive to our most venerated national and religious traditions, and nothing can justify them.”