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France betrayed: some new material on Pétain

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Aug 2010, 14:21
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Post 27 Feb 2013, 00:31
In a her book Le choix de la défaite (The Choice of Defeat), the French Marxist historian Annie Lacroix-Riz explains how the ruling classes of France organized the political and military defeat of their country. One of the most interesting discoveries was, imo, what she found about Pétain : According to some sources Pétain and Weygand (the guy leading the Allied forces) met the enemy at Ferrières, a somptuous château, before France was even defeated.


“A note [from 1945] on the armistice and on the
responsibilities incumbent upon Petain and Laval” identified that
“a certain number of people thought they could reconstruct the
facts in the following manner: around May 20 [1940], Weygand
and Petain personally met at the chateau of Ferrières, in the
20
Meuse, a number of German parliamentarians who had come
across the lines under the cover of a white flag. […] It is agreed
that the French Government will immediately call for Armistice.
The French Army will retreat in an orderly fashion and with
honor. This plan failed because Petain was not able to rally
Mandel and the ‘tough ones’ of the cabinet who rejected the
defeatist arguments and decided to pursue the fight regardless of
the initial reversals. The Germans responded by carrying the war
to the bitter end. What followed is well known. [Around] May
20th, a certain number of generals gave the orders to retreat that
was not required by the situation. For example, the case of
General Besson who it is said attended the Ferrières meeting. But
there is better. The accusation formulated at that time by Paul
Reynaud, then misinformed, against General Corap, does not
hold. He was in Belgium at the time with the wing of the marching
army. General Huntziger held the sector of Sedan-Mezière. The
Huntziger Army included two army corps. One on the right bank
of the Meuse River, in the region of Montmedy-Stenay, was
commanded by an old general X […] The second army corps, that
of general Y […], was defending the left bank. “ (Note on the
armistice and the responsibilities incumbent upon Petain and Laval,
Judiciary Police, APP. LCDLD, p. 544.) The names of the two
generals were not given.



There was no more evidence. I discussed with Lacroix-Riz and she told me that she has got more today: according to archive material, Pétain and Weygand were not in Paris, where they should have been!

More information: http://amatterofmind.org/Pierres_PDFs/H ... ASCISM.pdf
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