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Vichy Authorities Expel Jews from Toulouse; More Sent to Sahara

April 29, 1941
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The expulsion of Jews from Toulouse, unoccupied France, was reported here today. The French authorities had previously been exiling foreign Jews from Marseille to the Provinces.

Reports reaching here from unoccupied France tell of the tragic position of thousands of Jewish and Spanish refugees who continue to be sent by the French authorities to North Africa for forced labor on the Trans-Sahara Railroad. Many of the Jewish refugees are applicants for American visas, but have difficulties in receiving them in view of the strict requirements introduced by the American consulate in Marseille.

Passenger sailings from Marseille to New York via Martinique have undergone considerable changes recently. The French Line no longer undertakes to bring the passenger to the United States, but provides passage only to Martinique, from where the passenger must make his own arrangements to reach the United States. The French Line, however, notifies the American consul in Marseille whenever a refugee secures definite passage on any of its steamers to Martinique. The consul, it is reported, accepts the notification of the French steamship company as proof that the refugee can reach the United States and issues the required American visa.

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