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Algeria Preparing to Oust Foreign Jewish Merchants; Licenses Already Revoked

The trading licenses of all foreign Jewish merchants in Algeria have been confiscated, in what is interpreted as the first step toward their eventual expulsion from the country.

La Depeche Algerienne, reaching here today, reports the new decree and also discloses that these traders have been ordered to deposit their residential permits with the prefecture no later than January 15, 1942. A formal expulsion order has not yet been issued, it is thought, because of the difficulties that will be encountered in attempting to transport and repatriate these merchants. The order to surrender the residential permits, however, virtually amounts to their cancellation.