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A town in south central France which during the Second World War was the headquarters of the regime (1940–4) that was set up under Marshal Pétain after the German occupation of northern France, to administer unoccupied France and the colonies. Never recognized by the Allies, the regime functioned as a puppet government for the Nazis.

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