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I was reading about Louis Renault who died after probable mistreatment in French prison for his/Renault cooperation with Germans. Wikipedia and other common sources says that he ''refused'' to produce tanks for the Wermacht however he did produce trucks. So really that got me thinking what was the level of cooperation between major French industrial players and German occupation (refused to produced tanks?). Did Germans take some of the factories under themselves or did they preferred to operate under commercial contracts and buy the equipment from the French? Was there any major cases were Germans dismantled factories and shipped the equipment to Germany to boost their producers there? What was the level of industrial output? Did the French produced just a few machines to keep Germans happy or was there any enthusiastically industries like Czech Skoda Works who did quite well for the Wermacht? Plus many French designs were quite outdated by the time of occupation were Germans keen to share their designs (tanks/planes/artillery etc.)? or they preferred French to produce whatever was still acceptable from their designs?
Most of these questions affect both occupied parts and Vichy France since I imagine pre-war supply chains were left in both parts.
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The aircraft they contracted in France were, I believe, all non combatant types, such as the Fiesler Storch.
Also from memory, the Germans used a Gnome-Rhone engine in the Hs129 ground attack aircraft.
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Very low.What was the level of industrial output?
They were left in neither, actually.Most of these questions affect both occupied parts and Vichy France since I imagine pre-war supply chains were left in both parts.
The reason behind both of these thing is that Germany thoroughly looted French raw material stocks, made imports impossible, restricted available resources use both for industry and transportation, since it was deficient in Grossraum in general. All this meant French economy crashed.
There were some attempts at ordering things in French factories, and a bit was made, but it was quite inefficient compared to German industry.