France opens access to Nazi-collaboration era archives

Marshal Philippe Pétain (1856-1951), the former French chief-of-state during Nazi occupation of France, sits at his trial in July 1945 in ParisFrance will throw open access to police and legal archives drawn from one of the country’s darkest hours, when the Vichy regime collaborated with Nazi occupiers during World War II, authorities said Sunday. France has a painful relationship with this portion of its past, when the government helped the Nazis deport 76,000 Jews from its territory during the war. The archives include documents from the foreign, justice and interior ministries as well as from France’s provisional government after liberation.

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