engaged in subversive activities.
This might have sounded a severe sanction, but was yet again a
fudge. Not only did repatriation remain a virtual impossibility in 1941
(witness the problems with the French consular staff later that year),
but few Frenchmen were likely to be caught engaging in subversivebehaviour, especially given the way in which the colony remained a
community apart. Nor was there government consensus over the issue.
The Ministry of Labour feared Germany would exploit any gesture
towards conscription for propaganda purposes.265 After all, it was not