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Liveblogging World War II: June 21, 1940

On the authorization of French Secretary of the Navy Darlan, the light cruiser Massilia departs Bordeaux for North Africa with senior French government officials who had just been replaced two days before--ex-Premier Edouard Daladier, ex-Secretary of the Navy Cesar Campinchi, ex-Secretary of the Interior Georges Mandel, and more than twenty others--to set up an alternative government in North Africa and perhaps to continue the war on behalf of the French Empire even after the surrender of Metropolitan France.