By Simon Kitson
Simon Kitson's Police and Politics in Marseille, 1936-1945 deals a ’history from lower than’ research of the perspective of the Marseille Police among the preferred entrance and the Liberation of France. Kitson highlights the specificities of policing France’s biggest port: clientelism, corruption, a floating inhabitants and excessive degrees of criminal activity, together with organised crime. yet he additionally demonstrates why lots of his conclusions approximately Police perspective will be generalised to different components of France and, in so doing, demanding situations some of the assumptions of the prevailing historiography. even supposing they zealously hunted down Jews and communists, the Police weren't as trustworthy for the Vichy govt as is often assumed and have been, certainly, way more occupied with Resistance than such a lot sectors of society.
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Tremolet, ‘La circulation à Marseille’, Marseille, n° 9, February 1938, pp 25-29. L. Levy, ‘From clientelism to communism: the Marseille working class and the Popular Front’ in Martin S. Alexander & Helen Graham (eds), The French and Spanish Popular Fronts, Cambridge, 1989, p 202. Oppetit, Les années 1930 à Marseille, Marseille, 1987, p 7. 32 Chapter 1 arrival. In his regular chronicles about Marseille in the Socialists’ national paper Le Populaire, the Corsican journalist Paul Quilici stressed that the greater part of these immigrants had considerable difficulty expressing themselves in French and hence experienced problems in their contacts with the administration.
At the end of 1937, when the Commissariat Central had forgotten to give public recognition of his presence at the all-saints festivities, where he went each year to bow before a plaque bearing the name of Police officers who had died on the field of battle, Tasso wrote to the Gardiens’ association newspaper, L’Etatiste, to let them know how saddened he was by this over-sight. 21 Dominated by the Socialists, the Marseille Police looked to the Popular Front as the dawning of a new era: the moment when their material demands 20 21 CGT 34J 137, Secrétaire Général du Syndicat National des Inspecteurs aux Camarades Secrétaires Généraux, 12 January 1936; L’Etatiste, n° 86, June 1936, p 1; L’Etatiste, n° 94, February 1937, « manifestation de reconnaissance », p 3; L’Etatiste, n° 96, April 1937, p 1; L’Etatiste, n° 97, May 1937, p 2; L’Etatiste, January 1938, p 2.
CGT 34J 137, le Secrétaire Général du Syndicat National des Inspecteurs des Polices d’Etat au Secrétaire Général de la Fédération Nationale des Polices,, 12 January 1936; CGT 34J 115, Secrétaire Général du Syndicat National des Secrétaires de Police au Secrétaire Général de la Fédération Nationale des Polices, 5 January 1937; CGT 34J 115, Secrétaire Général de la Fédération Nationale des Polices aux Secrétaires Généraux des Syndicats de Police, 22 September 1936; L’Etatiste, editions of June, August, October and December 1936 and October 1937.