October 21, 1942

FRENCH “VOLUNTEER” LABOR
100,000 Told To Go By Choice
VICHY, France—Pierre Laval, leader of Vichy France, issued an appeal for one hundred thousand French workers to provide labor in Nazi Germany. Laval said by radio that workers could volunteer to go “…gaining material advantages…” or they will face “…humiliating forced labor.” The quota of workers to be imposed on each factory in France has been principally decided to avoid unnecessary burden on any one plant. Laval bluntly warned France will “…not tolerate individual or concentrated resistance by employers or workers to the detriment of national interest.” General Charles De Gaulle, leader of the Free French, responded by calling for increased resistance to the Nazis and the Vichy government.

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