BERNE (Aug. 5)
An indication that even some of the collaborationist elements in France are aware of the grave effects that complete expulsion of Jews from the country will have on both the economic and cultural fronts was seen today in an attack by the “Cri du Peuple,” organ of Jacques Doriot, upon the Rassemblement National Populaire, the political party of Marcel Deat, publisher, who is close to the Laval Government.
The Doriot newspaper, which has become virtually an organ of the Nazi occupation authorities, strongly criticises the Deat group for being “pro-Semitic,” on the basis of an article appearing in the Rassemblement’s bulletin to the effect that “indisputably anti-Semitism is nothing but the program of certain reactionary groups.” The “Cri du Peuple” alleges that Deat’s party wants “naturalization of Jewish scholars, intellectuals, technicians and producers.” It warns that “all Jewry would be reestablished under the Rassemblement’s protection.”
The adherents of Doriot are using their differences with the Deat followers on the Jewish policy as a focal point of the struggle between the two groups for political control under Nazi domination. “The Deat movement is no longer ‘national’ or ‘popular,’ but pro-Semitic,” the “Cri du Peuple” writes.