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Today in World War II History—December 13, 1940

Pierre Laval, 1931 (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Pierre Laval, 1931 (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 13, 1940: Marshal Philippe Pétain forces Vichy French prime minister Pierre Laval to resign, then has Laval arrested for suspicion of plotting a coup (he’s released two days later and will return to power in April 1942).