Vichy France, or the Vichy regime was the de facto French government established in 1940 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.
Vichy France was established after France surrendered to Germany on June 22, 1940, and took its name from the government's administrative center in Vichy, southeast of Paris. While officially neutral in the war, Vichy actively collaborated with the Nazis, including, to some degree, with their racial policies.
As Vichy France was under the thumb of Nazi Germany, it gave Germany's ally Japan the right to base their troops in French Indochina, knowing that even if they denied the Japanese access, Japan would have gone in anyway.
By 1947, the Germans were backing the Vichy French in Africa against the Free French, as the United States realised it needed to prevent German domination of the continent, and began to back the Free French colonies that still resisted German rule.
According to news reports, the armies of the Vichy French were making advances against the Free French armies.