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Martial Visitors

in We'll Always Have Paris

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226473789
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226473802.003.0005
Martial Visitors

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The Vichy government made a sensible decision in October 1940 imposing an almost complete absence of tourism due to gas rationing and its own restrictions on foreigners entering its territory; it abolished the office of high commissioner of tourism. The U.S. government continued to deal with the collaborationist Vichy regime until early 1943 and worked to undermine General Charles de Gaulle and his Free French movement. American policy was based in part on the misguided notion that de Gaulle was a stalking horse for the Communists, but it was also grounded in two perceptions about the French that had arisen in America in the interwar period. The provisional French government also tried to smooth the way for GI tourists. It set up an agency on the avenue de l'Opéra to arrange sightseeing tours, get them tickets for the Folies Bergère, and provide them with addresses of restaurants.

Keywords: Vichy government; tourism; Vichy regime; American policy; French government

Chapter.  8661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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