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    Celebrations commemorating the first anniversary of Marshal Petain's French Legion. Around 20,000 Legionnaires carried torches,?

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    FRANCE: Vichy:
    Sign reading "31 Aout" / AERIAL (AIR VIEW ) city / Marshal Henri Philippe Petain along in car / People waving from balconies outside hotel, with flags handing from building. / Petain arrives at monument. / Arrival of torchbearers / Petain lighting torches / People standing at attention during band playing La Marseillaise SOT / People standing in front of monument during Marseillaise / Petain and officers saluting / Petain standing in car / People clapping / People on balcony clapping

    Three runners with torch along road with motorcyclist by side / Plane on field, propellers turning / Runners arriving with torch at aerodrome, past officers who salute / Torch / Lighting miners' lamp from torch / Lamps carried to plane and fixed to bottom of aircraft / Plane taking off, officers saluting

    Runner with torch / Man waving / Various of relay runners on road with torch / Church bell ringing / Church steeple PAN

    Various shots torchbearers arriving in Lyon, along through crowd-lined streets / Officers standing on steps of City Hall / Massed crowd in city square

    Various shots torchbearers running through crowd-lined streets, people cheering / Torch being handed over / Giant picture of Petain? with crowds of people standing in front / M. Bouyala (Chief of Marseilles Legion) lighting the cenotaph / Guards of the flame by the Legion / Ceremony / Soldier with medals / Men with banners / People at ceremony / Night shot flame burning

    Crowd at Annecy / Torch handed to General Laure during ceremony and lighting at war memorial / War memoroial / Laure saluting / Soldiers standing with flags / Torch burning at war monument

    Crowds gathered in Vichy stadium / Runners arriving with torch / Veteran soldier standing to attention / Veteran lighting memorial / Veteran wearing beret / Lighting of monument, mass of people behind / Various flags on masts / Petain gives flag to the Legion / Flags and banners in stadium / Various shots mass celebration / Cross / Priests carrying out Mass service at altar / Mass celebration at altar, pan to people in boats on river / People in boats / High angle view massed crowds / Altar on top of steps choir standing on steps / Pan round flags on poles / Officers standing at attention / M. Viguie (Marseilles Prefet.) / M. Bouyala / Woman making sign of cross / Mass / Members of congregation / Medals worn by war veteran
    Background: Celebrations commemorating the first anniversary of Marshal Petain's French Legion. Around 20,000 Legionnaires carried torches, lit from the eternal flame at the Unknown Soldier's tomb in Paris, to many parts of Vichyfrance and the Empire by foot and by aeroplane. Finally, in Vichy's stadium, Marshal Petain addressed tens of thousands of Legionnaires. There he pronounced them the one and only political party in France, his own counterpart of the German National Socialists.

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