„My country has been beaten and they are calling me back to make peace and sign an armistice... This is the work of 30 years of Marxism. They're calling me back to take charge of the nation.“
— Philippe Pétain
Remarks to Francisco Franco in Madrid, Spain (c. 17 May 1940) after French Prime Minister Reynaud called Pétain back to France to raise morale against the German offensive, quoted in Howard J. Langer, World War II: An Encyclopedia of Quotations (Routledge, 2013), p. 157.