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§829 Marshal Pétain: armistice, reign, fall, condemnation and the end (1940-1951): III-47.

III-47 (§829):

The old monarch chased from his reign
Shall come in the Orients to seek for his relief:
He shall surrender for fear of the crosses:
In Mitilene he shall go for rest and sleep.

(Le vieux monarche deschassé de son regne
Aux Orients son secours ira querre:
Pour peur des croix pliera son enseigne:
En Mitilene ira pour port et terre.)

NOTES: Monarche: = Monarque (A monarch) (Clébert, 2003, p.393).

Le vieux monarche
(An old monarch): = Vieux (§828, IV-32) = Maréchal Henri Philippe Pétain as Chief of French State (1856-1951).

The old monarch chased from his reign Shall come in the Orients to seek for his relief: « The Fall of French State – 1944; Departure of Pétain for Siegmaringen: The old head of state chased from the power shall come in the East (Siegmaringen) to ask for help.» (Fontbrune, 1980, p.322).

Les Orients
(The Orients): This plural form designates Belfort and Sigmaringen, the first and the second destination of Pétain’s coerced journey from Vichy to Germany, Belfort being more eastern of Vichy and Sigmaringen of Belfort.

Querre
: « querre, v.a., chercher, rechercher; désirer, vouloir (trans. verb, to search, to seek; to desire, to want).» (Godefroy).

The old monarch chased from his reign Shall come in the Orients to seek for his relief:
= An aged shall hold tight, then removed from the medium (§828, IV-32): « Chief of French State, July 10, 1940, with Napoleonic powers [The old monarch... his reign]. Established new capital at Vichy and called for a ‘National Revolution’ based on ‘Work, Family and Fatherland’. Dismissed P.M. Laval, Feb. 1941, but forced to reinstate him under German pressure, April 1942. Grew weaker, personally and politically. Arrested by the Germans, Aug. 20, 1944 [chased from his reign]; deported to Belfort (NE. France), then to Sigmaringen (SE. Germany) [Shall come in the Orients to seek for his relief]. Voluntarily returned to France, April 1945; sentenced to death by High Court of Justice (14 votes to 13); commuted to life imprisonment by de Gaulle; banished to Ile d’Yeu (Bay of Biscay).» (Argyle, 1980, p.34).

Pliera son enseigne
: = « Baissera pavillon (He shall surrender).»
(Clébert, 2003, p.393).

Les croix
: = Les croix (gammées), swastikas (Fontbrune, id.).

He shall surrender for fear of the crosses
: « PETAIN. ... Created Marshal of France Nov. 1918... Associated with Fascist politicians, 1934-38. Ambassador to Spain, March 1939; recalled at the height of the French collapse, May 1940; succeeded Reynaud as P.M., June 16, 1940 and immediately sought armistice with Germany and Italy.» (Argyle, 1980, p.34); « JUNE 16 Home Front: France – Reynaud Cabinet resigns; PETAIN FORMS NEW GOVT. Gen. Weygand, Min. of Defence. British Ambassador presents Draft Declaration of ‘Act of Union’ between Britain and France; French rejection.» (Argyle, id.); « JUNE 17 Diplomacy – Pétain requests Germany’s and Italy’s armistice terms via Spanish Ambassador and the Vatican; he broadcasts to French Army and people: ‘... it is necessary to stop the fighting.’» (Argyle, id.); « JUNE 18 France – De Gaulle broadcasts from London.» (Argyle, id.); « JUNE 20 Home Front: France – Pétain broadcasts: he describes the defeat of France as ‘inevitable’ and compares the 185 British, American and Italian divisions supporting the French Army in May 1918 with the 10 British divisions of May 1940.» (Argyle, id.); « JUNE 21 Diplomacy – Hitler attends Franco-German armistice negotiations in Forest of Compiègne.» (Argyle, id., p.35); « JUNE 22 ARMISTICE BETWEEN FRANCE AND GERMANY signed at Compiègne by Ge. Keitel (Germany) and Gen. Huntziger (France). Signing ceremony takes place in Marshal Foch’s old railway carriage, previously used for signature of armistice, Nov. 11, 1918. Armistice terms: Germany to occupy two-thirds of Metropolitan France including entire Channel and Atlantic coastlines; all major industrial areas; Alsace-Lorraine and Paris. French armed forces to be disarmed and demobilized, with exception of token defence forces; French Fleet to be disarmed and demobilized under German and Italian supervision; France to pay costs of German army of occupation. French PoWs to remain in Germany until signature of peace treaty. 3 French armies (400,000 men) surrender in Vosges pocket, W. of Maginot Line. Germans occupy Lorient.» (Argyle, id.); « JUNE 24 Franco-Italian Armistice signed at Villa Inchesa, near Rome, by Gen. Huntziger and Marshal Badoglio. Armistice Terms: demilitarized zones to be established along Franco-Italian border and between French and Italian territories in N. and E. Africa. French troops to be evacuated within 10 days. French naval and air bases in Mediterranean to be demilitarized within 15 days.» (Argyle, id.).

Mitilene
: This neologism, molded on Mytilēnē (Μυτιλήνη) of the Greek island of Lesbos, contains the two nuclei of meaning in Latin: 1° Mītulus (moule in French, mussel in English), 2° Mītis (doux in French, mild in English). These will refer to Ile d’Yeu (the Island of Yeu) in the Bay of Biscay, where « the principal activity is the culture of mussels » (Fontbrune, 1980, p.322) and which was the last place of rest and end [port et terre] of the old Marshal Pétain, sentenced to death on 14 August 1945 by High Court of Justice, then commuted to life imprisonment [mitigated, of which the root is Mītis] by his opposing successor General de Gaulle.

Port
(rest): « PORT. Fig. Lieu de repos; abri (Figuratively, A place of rest; shelter, refuge). « Un couvent était le port où venaient aborder les naufragés du monde (A convent was the port where the wrecked of the world came to land) » (G
AUTIER).» (Petit Robert).

Terre
(sleep): Terre (Earth) symbolizing a grave (sleep): « Mettre, porter un mort en terre (To lay, to carry a deceased in earth). « ... la terre où je dormirai (the earth where I shall sleep)» (M
USSET).» (Petit Robert).

In Mitilene he shall go for rest and sleep: « On 15 August [1945], High Court condemns the Marshal to death, but entreats General de Gaulle, according to the pray of the jury, to sign his pardon. Pétain is then confined in the fort of le Portalet, then in the fort of la Pierre Levée, in the island of Yeu, where he shall die on 23 July 1951, at the age of 95.» (Kaspi, 1980, p.525).

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