city in central France: seat of the French government under Pétain (1940-44) after the invasion of France by Nazi Germany: pop. 28,000
See Vichy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A city of central France south-southeast of Paris. A noted spa with hot mineral springs, it was the capital of unoccupied France (under the regime organized by Henri Pétain) from July 1940 until November 1942 during World War II. The Vichy government was widely considered a tool of the Nazis and was never recognized by the Allies. Population: 26,000.