After the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the PCF was declared a proscribed organisation by Edouard Daladier's government. The PCF pursued an anti-war course during the early part of the Second World War. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the PCF was the first to organize the Resistance, which was easier for it since it had been used...
POW: Prisoner of war. A military combatant who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
Following the defeat of France and subsequent Nazi occupation, Laval's publications and broadcasts outlets played a prominent part in forcing out the government and then supporting the new Vichy regime first headed by Philippe Pétain. On 12 July 1940 Laval became vice-premier. He met Adolf Hitler in Montoire on 22 October 1940, and proposed an alliance between Vichy France and Nazi Germany. Two...
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