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Liveblogging World War II: June 24, 1940

French light cruiser Massilia arrives at Casablanca in North Africa with senior French government officials aboard--ex-Premier Edouard Daladier, ex-Secretary of the Navy Cesar Campinchi, ex-Secretary of the Interior Georges Mandel, and more than twenty others. Daladier, Mandel, and Campinchi announce the formation of a resistance government with Mandel as Premier. Governor-General Nogues of French Morocco seizes the Massilia and orders the politicians held incommunicado onboard.

British Minister of Information Duff Cooper telephones Casablanca, demanding to talk to Mandel. Deputy Governor-General Morice refuses:

If General Nogues tells me to shoot myself I will gladly obey. Unfortunately the orders he has given me are more cruel...