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Darlan Still Practicing Anti-jewish Laws in North Africa, French Deputy Charges

The charge that Admiral Darlan who is now the head of the French forces in North Africa is still discriminating against Jews and refusing to accept some of them for military service was made here today by Pierre Bloch, Socialist member of the French parliament who reached London to join General Charles de Gaulle.

“Only Jews who are holders of Legion of Honor and war decorations have been called up by Darlan for military service in French Morocco and Algeria, while all other Jews are still treated by him in accordance with the anti-Jewish laws which prohibited Jews from serving in armed forces,” Mr. Bloch said. (A report last week from Algiers stated that Jews in the classes of 1938 to 1942 have all been called up for service in North Africa. Nothing was said about Jews in other classes.)

The former French deputy also reported that students at the Sorbonne University in Paris have formed an organization called “Union of Inter-Allied and French Youth,” the members of which wear a yellow Mogen David in solidarity with Jews.

Unverified reports published in London today state that Jewish leaders have been arrested by the Axis military authorities in the Tunisian harbor city of Bizerte which American and British forces are approaching. The same reports state that Jews have been deported by the Axis authorities from certain localities in Tunisia “to unknown destinations.”

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