ksugeeth wrote:Propaganda can easily manipulate ordinary folk.
But anti-german propaganda in France dated back to 1870. French people had been fed a steady diet of anti-German propaganda for 70 years. It's difficult (though probably not impossible) to upturn it in a few weeks or months.
ksugeeth wrote:Historically, after defeating France, the Germans divided France into two and took control over Northern France ( more proximate to Great Britain) while granting independence to the southern Vichy controlled government.
"Independence" is to be strongly qualified. Vichy France was actually utterly dependent on Germany. And this was known by all sides.
ksugeeth wrote:What then were the reasons he did not impose this condition on Petain's regime?
* Can't remember a proper source from memory, but basically Hitler was completely opposed to the reconstitution of anything resembling a French Army.
* An armistice which enabled the French to turn Axis (far from guaranteed in any case, cf. the propaganda point above), would necessarily hinder the plunder of French economy, which was deemed necessary by that time by the Germans.
* There was a high risk of seeing both the Fleet and the empire turn Free French in one way (De Gaulle) or another.
* At the time of the armistice, it was far from clear that UK would keep fighting, thus the gathering of French assests against UK was probably not prominent within the German delegation and Hitler's mind.
In a word, it was probably the path of least resistance.