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France and Germany Reach “basic Agreement” on Indemnification

France and West Germany have at last reached “basic agreement” in long-deadlocked negotiations for the indemnification of French citizens who had been persecuted by the Nazi regime, government circles here revealed today.

Details of the agreement were not made public. The negotiations broke’ down a year ago when France insisted that compensation was due not only to Frenchmen persecuted by the Germans during World War II because of race or religion, but also to members of the wartime underground movement.