Laval Deprives 100,000 More Jews of French Citizenship; New Deportations Expected

An order voiding the citizenship of all French Jews naturalized since 1927 has been signed by Pierre Laval and will enter into force on Sunday, the Nazi Transocean news agency reported today, estimating that at least 100,000 Jews will be affected.

The order will result in renewed mass-expulsions of Jews from France, the Nazi news agency predicted. It estimated that the Jewish population in France has decreased by approximately 100,000 since 1940 and declared that there are few Jews left in Paris.

Transocean expressed the hope that the yellow Mogen David will be introduced for Jews in Southern France where they are not required to wear it. (Pour la Victoire, a French newspaper published in New York, today reported that that the Vichy regime is creating entire “Judenrein” departments in France. French and foreign Jews according to the paper are now forbidden to reside in the departments of Allier, Puy-de-Dome, Haute-Savoie, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches-du-Rhone, Herault, Gard, Aude. Pyrenees-Orientales, Ariege, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrenees, Basses-Pyrenees. Travel permits for these departments are given Jews only under exceptional circumstances. The list of districts forbidden to Jews includes all these on and near the Franco-Spanish frontier and the Franco-Swiss frontier. It would appear that one aim of this measure is to prevent the escape of Jews from France to Spain and Switzerland.)

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