Author eyes Vichy bad guy

March 27, 2006 – 2:55AM

Others were more guilty of France’s collusion with the Nazis during World War Two and its part in the Holocaust.

But by focusing on Louis Darquier, an overlooked villain of the Vichy regime who acted as Commissioner for Jewish Affairs, biographer Carmen Callil says she used the “underbelly of history” to expose the truth.

“I would say that what’s different about my book is that nobody has given any attention to this man and his milieu, which really is the essence of the shame of Vichy,” Callil, until now best known as a publisher, said in a weekend interview.