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‘aryan’ Plank in French Nazi Government Held Possibility

July 3, 1940
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Commenting on a New York Times dispatch from Paris, which quoted a prediction by a former Paris Midi writer that a French Nazi government minus an “Aryan” plank would be formed, the Manchester Guardian today declared that exclusion of such a plank was not certain.

The Guardian pointed out that the two key men in such a Government, Interior Minister Adrian Marquet and Marcel Deat, have in the past only thinly disguised their admiration for the Nazi regime in Germany.

“In controversies with (former Premier Leon) Blum,” the newspaper said, “they never failed to season their arguments by anti-Semitic insinuations.”

(Marquet, a former dentist, succeeded Georges Mandel as Interior Minister when the Reynaud Cabinet gave way to the Petain transition government. Together with Pierre Laval, he is considered the main leader in the present government. He is 54 years old and has represented Bordeaux in the Chamber of Deputies since 1924.

(Deat, according to the Times correspondent George Axelsson, is scheduled to become Propaganda and Press Minister in the new government. Together with Marquet and Barthelemy Montagnon, he helped found French Neo-Socialism, program of which is summed up as “Order, authority, nation.”)

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