London: France is to expose thousands of
its nationals who collaborated with the Nazis during World War
II, a media report said.
According to British newspaper the `Daily Express`,
all of the files, which include information passed on to the
Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of France between 1940 and
1944, will be made public.
Since the Liberation of Paris all the papers have been
kept hidden in cardboard boxes in the basement of the Police
Museum in the French capital.
A museum spokesman said: "They include notes from
interrogations, as well as information passed on to the
authorities willingly. All of it will now be easily
As well as shedding new light on the work of the
Gestapo in France, the files will illuminate the role of the
Brigade Speciale, which hunted down resistance fighters and
other "enemies" of the Nazi regime.
At least 77,000 Jews were deported to their deaths
from French transit camps between 1942 and the end of German
occupation in December 1944. Of these, around a third were
French citizens and more than 8,000 were children under 13.
In a dramatic ruling last year, the Council of State
-- France`s highest judicial body -- said the Vichy government
bore "responsibility" for the deportations. And, in 1995, the
then French president Jacques Chirac spoke for the first time
about his country`s role in the deportation of Jewish people.
"These dark hours forever sully our history and are an
insult to our past and our traditions. Yes, the criminal folly
of the occupiers was seconded by the French, by the French
state," he said.