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Frenchmen Not Influenced by Anti-jewish Campaign, Escaped Defender of Blum Reports

August 20, 1942
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“Frenchmen are not anti-Semites,” Felix Gouin, former vice-president of the Socialist group in the French Chamber of Deputies, declared at a press conference here today after reaching Britain this week.

Gouin, who defended Leon Blum at the Riom trial, said that the campaign against Jews in France has no effect whatsoever on the French people “because everybody knows that it is being conducted under orders from Berlin.”

Forty Jews who succeeded in escaping from France to Algeria in the hope of avoiding possible deportation to Eastern Europe were arrested in Oran today, the Paris radio announced.

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