12 July 1940: The new state will be totalitarian with Pétain at its head, but administration will be decentralised

Marshal Pétain in a broadcast from Vichy last night explained in outline what kind of a Constitution he has in mind for France. For some of his ideas he goes back to the Bourbons, and he takes the seat of government back to the Palace of Versailles. It was also announced on the French wireless that Marshal Pétain had signed a number of decrees which are the first steps in setting up the new Constitution.

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