At the defeat in 1940, the Protestants’ attitude was similar to that of most of the French : to trust Field Marshal Pétain. The break with the Vichy regime came as early as October 1940, triggered by the persecution of the Jews.
Was France resigned ?
During the phoney war (1949-1940) the National Synod of the French Reformed Church (ERF) claimed “the need to support France in this war which has been imposed upon it.” After the collapse of the French army, the Vichy regime seemed legitimate to most of the 800,000 French Protestants on both sides of the partition line between the occupied zone – northern France and Atlantic coast with 200,000 to 300,000 Lutherans – and the free zone – southern France 500,000 to 600,000 Reformed Protestants.
Field Marshal Petain announced the armistice as unavoidable, the government demanded full power and dismissed the parliament “sine die”. In this…
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