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BRITAIN'S STRENGTH Horrified By Laval "German Victory" Broadcast N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Reef. 11.30 a.m. PARIS, Aug. 14. Petain always believed, in a British victory, said M. Payen, resuming his summing-up for the defence in the Petain trial to-day. Laval and his friends thought France, after the armistice, should go wholly over to the German side. They believed a German victory was inevitable. That was . not Petain's view. Petain made unessential concessions to Germany and was horrified when he heard Laval's "German victory" broadcast. Counsel read a letter from a doctor who held a high Vichy post in which it was stated that Petain was really lucid for only three or four hours daily, especially in the morning. It was possible to make Petain sign anvthing. Petain at this point made a gesture of denial with his head in his hands. One of the guards at the Fresnes Prison; where Laval and other alleged collaborators are awaiting trial, was arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle arms to the prisoners, says the Associated Press Paris correspondent. The guard was arrested on the outskirts of the city when trying to escape.

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PETAIN'S BELIEF, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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PETAIN'S BELIEF Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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