Anything but civil: Vichy's servants of persecution

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The painful history of the Vichy administration's collaboration with the Nazi occupation continues to fascinate even the younger generation of French historians. In a recently-published book, Laurent Joly, 34, details how France's public servants became the tools of the persecution and deportation of French Jews, divided into two separate administratiive bodies that were major cogs in the process of the Holocaust. He talks here to Antoine Perraud about those who formed a monstrous machine.

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The dark history of the Vichy administration's collaboration with the Nazi occupation continues to fascinate even the younger generation of French historians. In a book just published in France, Laurent Joly, 34, details how the country's public servants formed a monstruaous machine for the persecution and deportation of French Jews.He talks here to Antoine Perraud.