Propaganda pictures of Occupied France by Andre Zucca

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While millions of ordinary French citizens struggled with desperate food shortages in both the Nazi occupied North and under the Nazi-collaborating Vichy regime in the South, for others life remained pretty much the same.

Wealth and collaboration with the Nazis helped preserve life for a certain elite as thousands of French Jews were sent to the death camps.

The majority of photographer Andre Zucca‘s images show Paris as a thriving, lively city filled with food, laughter and young families.

Cafes and restaurants are open and thriving, leisure attractions such as zoos remain open despite the war raging across Europe and men of usual conscription age are seen in civilian clothing.

The pictures were bought by the Historical Library of the city of Paris in 1986. (Daily Mail)