Nous serons les successeurs, sinon les héritiers de Vichy: Maintaining the New Industrial Order in Post-Vichy France
This chapter examines plans within the French Resistance for the industrial organisation of post-war France. Until 1943, it was presumed that Vichy’s Organisation Committees would be abolished; following the Allied landings in North Africa in November 1942, the Committees there were accordingly dissolved. In 1943, however, the question of whether the Committees should be maintained became highly contested, as figures ranging from Jean Monnet to former Vichy minister Pierre Pucheu argued that the bodies should be retained for their pragmatic value. This debate was ultimately settled by Charles de Gaulle in early 1944, although his decision was motivated by political rather than economic considerations. Consequently, Vichy’s Committees were maintained following the Liberation of France.