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By 1935 many people believed that France was a mainly stable nation. However, in the spring of 1936 a successful political coup was launched by the Socialist Party, which soon enforced fascist principles upon the nation. The military was boosted massively but most strikingly the new government attempted to forge better relations with Nazi Germany and Italy, both of which were fascist. Relations with Italy were solidified with the invasion of Yugoslavia in which French troops participated.
In 1939 France was offered membership into the Pact of Steel, which it accepted. The nation's fascist direction was firmly set out as La Rocque was made "supreme leader" of the nation.
Many people began to question French interests after the purchase of French Indochina by China and Guiana by Britain. La Roque emphasised this as his new policy of "putting Fatherland first," ie. letting France proper take priority. This was met with general positiveness in France, however many believe one step was taken too far with the offer of selling Alsace to Germany. This led to a decrease in popularity for the party and some people even called for elections (the area did not sell).
In the autumn of 1941, tensions with Andorra suddenly increased as a ringleader of an underground organisation, dedicated to toppling the fascist regime, was chased over the border. He was found by the army in Mérens-les-Vals but managed to escape in a stolen car. France demanded that Andorra let them continue operations, which was held off until 1950. No terrorists were found and it was largely agreed that the very late investigation was simply to maintain French prestige.
These years were largely marked by large military build-up. French aid was sent to Germany's invasion of Russia but at last it became evident what the military build-up was for; in Spring of 1955 France declared war on the weakened United Kingdom.
War with Britain
The first stages of the war consisted of bombing raids on the English coast. These were followed up with a large battle between the French and British navy off the coast of Dover. The battle was a walkover for the French: the majority of the British fleet, including the flagship, was sunk. The remaining ships, attempting to flee, were caught by more French destroyers. The Royal Navy had been effectively destroyed, leading to great celebration in France. As one now Britain-in-exile commented: "By this point, British morale, if not force, had been dealt a fatal blow". An invasion force soon followed with the British completely unable to challenge any ferrying of troops.
The war continues
Although vastly outnumbered, British forces fought defiantly. However, by the winter London was taken after heavy bombardment. Germany and the USA joined the war, and soon quick advances were made across the countryside. By Spring the last British forces fled to Northern Ireland, where they later surrendered.
Partition of Britain
All of England and Northern Ireland, plus some overseas territories, were annexed into France. Scotland was freed as a German puppet and lands invaded by the US were annexed.
Later, a US invasion of Canada was proposed. France decided to help in return for Quebec, and fulfilled the promise. The idea was a disaster, however, as Quebec revolted uncontrollably and declared independence. A later invasion of Belgium was largely a success, however, and the nation was made fascist in accordance with France's ideals.
Suppression in England began, with St George's Day and Empire Day banned.
At the turn of the decade the French empire had began to enter a new era of stability. Its new Napoleonic-style conquest had improved the morale of many citizens. During these years, a large stream of native French immigrated to the British Isles. Many filled the vacant upper-class roles. Any rebellion in England had been extinguished by 1965, as many rebels were found and deported to India, to work as virtual slaves.
France encouraged the growth of the new Celtic Union by selling Northern Ireland. It also staged a fascist coup there, successfully toppling the old regime and bringing Ireland in closer into its influence.
The Summer of 1962 marked a period of change and celebration in France. "Victory Day" celebrated the French invasion of England. The Victory Hall was opened in London, the tallest building in the city and designed to tower over St Pauls. The first parliament was held there. Martel took over from La Roque as supreme leader, with a symbolic handshake on the day. Spaceship "Europa" also took off, carrying French and German astronauts to the moon.
Mainland France is a relitively peaceful place, however England is still split by ethnicity and language. About 64% of the population are native French, and of non-ethnic French 76% can speak French. There are many communities who refuse to adapt or learn the language, and in recent times these have been brutally forced to.