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Vichy State, 1940-1944

État français (French State) was the legal successor of the Third Republic. After the defeat of the French army in June 1940, the MPs massively (all but 80) voted full powers to Philippe Pétain. The French State was under total German control but attempted to maintain the fiction of an independent state, with a French administration, especially for police and justice.
État français was also called, unofficially, État de Vichy or gouvernement de Vichy, the MPs and the government moved from Paris to he spa town of Vichy. Located at a distance from the front and from possible civil unrest, Vichy was a convenient place to establish thenew regime. The empty hotels could easily cater the administration.

Marshal Pétain's standard


KM France, Vichy State, 1940-1944. Grading Price Pic.
898.2 10 Centimes 1941, zinc. Thin flan, 1.3 mm thick xf 2,00
900.1 20 Centimes 1941, zinc, Thick flan, 3.5 gram vf+ 6,00
900.2a 20 Centimes 1944, Iron xf+ 85,00
914.1 50 Centimes 1942 (a), aluminum xf 1,50
914.1 50 Centimes 1943 (a), aluminum xf 1,50
902.2 1 Franc 1944, B-Beaumont le Roger xf 16,00
902.2 1 Franc 1944, B-Beaumont le Roger vf 4,00
904.1 2 Francs 1944, Paris xf 3,00
904.2 2 Francs 1943 B vf 45,00
904.3 2 Francs 1944, C- Castelsarrasin xf 10,00
904.3 2 Francs 1944, C- Castelsarrasin vf 3,00