- Jun 2013
A.So, why do you think - in your opinion - the Americans were so infuriated with the Japanese about the occupation of French Indochina? If I were Roosevelt, I wouldn't be:
A) France no longer existed, having been gobbled up by the Nazi machine
B) It's a faraway country that does not affect the US in any way (until the French leave in 1954)
1. Vichy France wasn't recognized as legitimate, therefore the French gov't in exile along with Free French forces were recognized. France still exists.
2. Even though Indochina was a Vichy held colony, it would still be seen as French.
1. France has affected the US many times before 1954.
2. France has several colonies (French Guiana, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Martinque, St. Eustatius, Martinque, and Guadelope) near the United States that would be alarming if Germany occupied. Not exactly far away. Plus there's French possessions in the Pacific close to Hawaii.