What was France's legal justification for annexing Italian territory after WWII?

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Re: What was France's legal justification for annexing Italian territory after WWII?

Post by Futurist » 04 Apr 2019 20:18

True, but in Nice's case, Nice was the payment to France that had to be made in order to achieve Italian unification.

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Re: What was France's legal justification for annexing Italian territory after WWII?

Post by setori » 25 Apr 2019 20:59

And Massena was born in Nice !

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Re: What was France's legal justification for annexing Italian territory after WWII?

Post by DrG » 08 Jul 2019 14:17

The Atlantic Charter was signed by several European countries, included Soviet Union (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_ ... ed_Nations), so the French behavior was not an exception to the rule of using great principles as mere propaganda.

Anyway, the French government did try to cover this act of force with a layer of legality; in fact on 12 October 1947, i.e. almost a month after the entry into force of the Treaty of Paris on 16 Sept. 1947, it organized a plebiscite (practically a ratification of the fait accompli) in the annexed villages which, also thanks to several electoral frauds (for example, it excluded the Italians who had refused French citizenship and those who moved in the area after 28 Oct. 1922, but included people with at least one parent born in these lands, but living elsewhere in France), provided a large majority in favor of the annexation (2,603 out of 2,845 voters, i.e. 91.49%).

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