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Hardening of Allied Policy Toward France
Multiplying reports of completed or contemplated transfers of units of the French fleet to Germany, and hints of the impending establishment of Japanese bases on the French island of Madagascar, while unsubstantiated, heighten fears that the Vichy government may be about to yield to Axis pressure for far reaching measures of collaboration with the enemies of the United Nations. Since the fall of France, the United States has maintained diplomatic relations with the Petain government and exerted persistent efforts to hold to a ...