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Montoire: Verdun Diplomatique
By Louis-Dominique Girard
Bonne, 1948, 571 pp.
This is an important book regardless of what opinion the reader may form as to its objectivity. The author, a functionary who served the Vichy régime in various capacities, in January 1944 became chief of Pétain's cabinet civil. As he has indicated in his title, Girard's purpose in describing the Marshal's foreign policy is to show that it sought to serve the best interests of France and that this was demonstrated by Pétain's behavior in the negotiations culminating in the conversations at Montoire in October 1940. There are 30 pages of notes and references to published works and documents.
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