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  1. (noun, location) a town in central France (south of Paris) noted for hot mineral springs; was capital of the unoccupied part of France during World War II

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Origin of the word Vichy

  1. in ref. to collaborationist government of France, 1940, from the name of the city in department of Allier in central France, famous for mineral springs, seat 1940-44 of the Fr. government formed under Nazi occupation headed by P?tain. more

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