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Italian recruitment of the Italian minority in southern France during WWII?

Sid Guttridge

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There was a significant Italian population in southern France during WWII and in Monaco they were the largest population group.

Were they recalled for military service by Italy? I presume that in June 1940 the French would have interned them, but after the armistice they would have been released.

Were they subject to mobilization before Italy declared war, enlisted after the French armistice, or did they escape military service altogether?

Were any MSVN units recruited in Southern France or Monaco during the Ethiopian war? There was apparently several units raised from overseas Italians during the campaign, though they arrived in Italian Somaliland too late to see much action.

Many thanks,