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A recruitment poster for the Milice. The text says "Against Communism / French Militla / Secretary-General Joseph Darnand. The inverted white ribbon was the Milice's logo.
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The Milice's training academy. Their logo is visible on the building.

The Milice ("militia") was a police force created in 1943 to help fight "terrorism" in Vichy France – that is to say, to fight against the French Resistance. The Milice was a paramilitary force and participated in summary executions, assassinations and helped round up the Jews in France for deportation.

Like the Gestapo, the Milice often resorted to torture to extract information or confessions from those they rounded up. They were often considered even more deadly than the Gestapo and SS themselves, since they were Frenchmen who spoke the language, had a full knowledge of the towns and land, and knew people and informers.

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