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Fall of France in June 1940 End of Third Republic Appointment of Marshal Petain as head of government – June 16, 1940 1st priority - seek armistice with Germany, retaining French control of 60% of France 2nd priority - create government: Vichy established July 2. “L’Etat Francaise” 3rd priority - preserve fleet and overseas French Empire

The Wrench in the Works:

Col. Charles DeGaulLe, last minister appointed by the 3rd Republic flees to London.

declares on June 19th uncompromising fight against Nazi Germany