London (Mar. 9)
Presided over by Gen. Giraud, the French War Council in North Africa today assembled in Algiers to officially annul the anti-Jewish and other laws promulgated in Algeria and in French Morocco by the Vichy regime.
A report disseminated today by the news agency France Afrique from North Africa stated that acting on Gen. Giraud’s orders, local authorities have released from camps all persons interned by Vichy officials as anti-Nazi elements in Dakar and other places.
(The New York Times, N.Y. Sun, and other newspapers throughout the country, today carried editorials praising Giraud’s proclamation voiding the anti-Jewish laws in North Africa. The Times termed the act the “birth of a new France.” The Sun said it served as “a kind of Declaration of Independence for French Africa.