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Vichy France

client state (1940–1944) of Nazi Germany, administering the Free Zone in southern France and French colonial possessions

Vichy France was the government set up by the Germans in southern France in 1940 during World War II. It was led by Philippe Pétain, notable for helping to win World War I. The Vichy government, which was a satellite state of Germany, controlled the Southern half of France until 1942. The German army ran the Northern half. In 1944, the government moved to Nazi Germany, and later disbanded.