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Forced Issue By Threat To Resign N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 11.30 a.m. LONDON, July 26. "The people of France never approved of the armistice with Germany, nor did the majority of the Cabinet,". declared Louis Marin, president of the Republican Federation and a/member of the Consultative Assembly, in giving evidence in the fourth day of the Petain trial in Paris.

"If a' vote had been taken," he said, "a Cabinet majority would have been against the armistice, but the Cabinet's hands were forced by a threat of resignation from Petain. He was a man to be feared, and held tenaciously to his ideas. I know with what cleverness and cunning he defended them." Petain's counsel read a brief statement denying the prosecution's allegation of the previous day that Petain telegraphed Hitler after the Dieppe raid, offering French aid to repel similar attempts. Parliament Dismissed Jules Jeanneney, Minister of State and ex-President of the French Senate, who presided at the memorable meeting of the two Houses of Parliament in July, 1940, which entrusted full powers to Petain, stated in evidence that after the Government forced Parliament to vote full powers Parliament was dismissed and never summoned again. Jeanneney declared that the machinations of Laval made Petain dictator when France collapsed.

Jeanneney described now in the extraordinary session of Parliament Laval suppressed the debate and rammed through th'-ee "Constitutional Acts," abrogating the Constitution and giving Petain virtually unlimited powers. The first incident of the day occurred when the judge limited cross-examination of Jeanneney by defending counsel, who ironically thanked him for the "impartiality you have never ceased to display." As Jeanneney left the courtroom Petain, who had previously maintained an aloof air, bowed to the witness, who bowed in return. Armand Gazel, recently appointed French Minister to New Zealand and formerly counsellor of the French Embassy at Madrid, between March and November, 1939, said in evidence that, contrary to the general belief, there was no friendship between Franco and Petain. He added that Petain several times showed him slips of paper bearing the names of the Cabinet he would like to form. The lists always contained the name of Laval.

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ARMISTICE NEVER APPROVED BY FRENCH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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ARMISTICE NEVER APPROVED BY FRENCH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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