Internment in France


In ten days some 480,000 republicans crossed the border into democratic France, where the French government (unlike many French people) treated the refugees worse than animals, imprisoning them in makeshift internment camps, particularly on beaches near the frontier.  Over the next six months several thousand died of cholera, dysentery, hypothermia, malnutrition and even thirst. Life was so bad that between 70,000 and 180,000 elected to return by the end of 1939.