Vichy Issues Two Decrees Ousting Jews from Business in France

The determination of the Vichy government to oust all Jews from business in France was indicated in two decrees published here today, one forbidding Jews to acquire new business enterprises and the second prohibiting Jews to make any profit in the business enterprises which they already hold.

The law prohibiting Jews to buy or lease enterprises, provides that in cases where Jews are negotiating for taking over existing business firms, the deals are not valid unless the transaction is first authorized by the local perfect of police. Deals concluded since July 1, 1940 will similarly be considered invalidated unless registered anew with the local authorities.

Seven British-born Jews were among 14 hostages taken today by the French authorities in the French Riviera. The other seven were British non-Jews who have been residing on the Riviera for many years before the outbreak of the present war.

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