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Jacques Doriot
Jacques Doriot
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 1898
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Shot in combat
Occupation: Politician, Soldier, Journalist
Military Branch: Légion des Volontaires Français
Political Party: French Communist Party;
Parti Populaire Français (1936 on)
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Aftershocks
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
"Uncle Alf"
POD: c. 1913
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Revolutionary
Affiliations: French communist underground
Jacques Doriot (26 September 1898 – 22 February 1945) was a French politician before and during World War II. Although a devout Communist in his early years, he grew embittered with his Party, and became a Fascist. He supported Germany during World War II, going so far as to form the Légion des Volontaires Français, a French unit of the Wehrmacht. He was killed during an Allied air raid in 1945 when his car was strafed.

Jacques Doriot in WorldwarEdit

Jacques Doriot collaborated with the Germans when France was part of the Greater German Reich from 1940 to 1965. When the Fourth Republic was established after the Race-German War of 1965, he became the most powerful human political figure in the country, and worked closely with France's new ally, the Race. Soviet leader Vyacheslav Molotov privately noted to himself that Doriot collaborated with the Germans so long and so well, he had no trouble collaborating with the Lizards when they became the leading foreigners in France.[1]

Unlike the heads of most other Tosevite not-empires, Doriot did not attend the state funeral of American President Earl Warren's in Little Rock in 1965.[2]

Literary commentEdit

As the text never names the titles and hierarchy used by this Fourth Republic, it is unclear whether Doriot was head of state or head of government. He has been placed in the Heads of State category for convenience.

Jacques Doriot in "Uncle Alf"Edit

Jacques Doriot, a communist, had become such a prolific activist and agitator against Imperial Germany's occupation of France that in 1929, the Feldgendarmerie sent Feldwebel Adolf Hitler to Lille to capture Doriot. Despite the inadequacies of the local German forces, Hitler succeeded in apprehending Doriot at Madame Lea's home.[3]

Despite his contempt for French people is general, Hitler felt a grudging respect towards Doriot's skillful rhetoric and effective leadership of the French underground, as well as for Doriot's calmness and courage when Hitler pointed a loaded gun at him. Notably, in Hitler's letter to Geli Raubal, he did not refer to Doriot with the terms of disparagement and contempt which Hitler habitually used for other Frenchmen (and for many Germans, too).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Aftershocks, pg. 301 PB, 240 HC.
  2. Ibid.
  3. See, e.g. Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 337-344, HC.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 364-367.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Gaston Venet
Mayor of Saint Denis
1931-1937
Succeeded by
Fernand Grenier
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Office created
Leader of the French Popular Party
1936-1945
Succeeded by
Christian Lesueur
Political offices
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
Last known is
Philippe Pétain
as Chief of State
Leader of France
(title unknown)

1965-19??
Succeeded by
Unknown

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