Authorities Issue Regular Identity Papers to Foreign Jews in Southern France

French authorities here are facilitating legalization of the position of foreign Jews and other “displaced persons” who, for the most part, had to go underground during the German occupation in order to escape deportation to the Reich, it was established by a special correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency who arrived here today.

Raymond Aubrac, French Government commissioner for the Marseilles area, told the correspondent that identity papers are being issued to replace the false documents these civilians had to carry in order to avoid arrest. He said that there is no discrimination against foreigners and displaced persons either in the distribution of government relief, or in employment. Discussing the presence of tens of thousands of foreign civilians in Southern France, he expressed the view that the problem was one which had to be treated on a national basis and declared he had already raised the issue with Paris.

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