Empire of France

Archive Report

Position of France as a Colonial Power

Critical Nature of Struggle in French Indo-China

France, confronted by insurrection in Indo-China, is now mobilizing forces for whatever military operations may be necessary to re-establish her authority in that outpost of empire. The Viet Nam revolt is a major challenge to the fledgling Fourth Republic. Loss of Indo-China, richest and most populous of all French colonies, might be a signal for revolt in North Africa and might lead eventually to virtual dissolution of the world's second largest empire.

Achievement of independence by the mandated territories of Syria and Lebanon has already deprived France of influence in the Near East. If she were now to lose her strategic position in the Far East and the strength derived from possession of ...

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