Parti Populaire Français

"In the name of the people and of the fatherland, I swear fidelity and devotion to the Parti Populaire Français, its ideals, and its leader. I swear to serve until the supreme sacrifice the cause of national and popular revolution which will leave a new, free and independent France."- Party Oath

Doriot Era
The PPF was founded on the 28th of June, 1936 by Jacques Doriot and other former members of the French Communist Party. They were disillusioned by a perceived lack of patriotism, corruption, Trotskyist influence, and other aspects of the ruling Popular Front. Doriot founded the party on the principles of ultra-nationalist third positionism, firmly denying support for either communism or capitalism. Doriot led the party as Party Chancellor, the head of the Politburo. Over the next few years Doriot forged alliances with other right wing, and conservative movements to form a powerful opposition coalition. His friend, Pierre Taittinger would become the party front-man and assumed the office of mayor of Paris in 1938. In 1939, the PPF won the national elections and Taittinger assumed the office of Prime Minister. The PPF was initially a party of the working class, but by the time it achieved national political authority it was corporatist in outlook and had the massive power of the industrialists behind it. Although the PPF proscribed to an ideology called "National Republicanism" it openly declared itself a sister movement to Europan fascism and took much inspiration from Benito Mussolini. Doriot and others maintained contact with Mussolini, Ciano, and other Italian fascists, eventually founding the International Alliance of the Fasces, a counter to the comintern. 
Upon seizing power, the PPF immediately began destroying attempted leftist resistance. The first step were massacres in major cities to spread terror, then the elimination of Popular Front Leaders, and finally the rounding up of all French leftists for reeducation. This was carried about by the Republican Police Army, under the auspices of Joseph Darnand. Although Doriot approved of these actions, he was against the consolidation of power by Darnand and insisted that the Politburo remain in firm control of the party. Doriot's last great achievement was to forcefully incorporate all right-wing and conservative French parties into the PPF, a move called Operation Solidarity. In March, 1941 he and Pierre Taittinger were assassinated by leftist terrorists.
Rebatet Era
Following the March Assassinations, Lucien Rebatet, Propaganda Minister, assumed the office of Prime Minister with Darnand's backing. A man of fanatical ideals, and high intelligence, Rebatet began reorganizing the state. Quickly the last parliamentary institutions were dissolved and the office of Prime Minister became defunct. Rebatet, with Marcel Bucard, adopted the position of Consul. This combined both governmental and party authority in one office, thus demonstrating the true unity of the new state. Rebatet gave his full support to the Republican Police Army and also placed the military under a tighter leash. Unlike, Taittinger, he was not a military man and was not as willing to let de Gaulle do whatever he wanted. The Republican Police Army became increasingly important, as the "militarist" wing of the party faded and the "statist" faction rose. Rebatet strove to make a coherent, pure ideology for the party, removing the last communist overtones and firmly declaring his support for Mussolini and the establishment of fascist states across Europe. A more anti-semitic line was taken, as Jews were identified with the two evils of finance-capitalism and Bolshevism. Jews were arrested and deported in large numbers and their property confiscated. The execution of enemies of the state en masse also increased as did the arrest without trial of suspected dissidents.
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