From: The Big Nowhere
If there ever is a WiTP2, the Axis side needs to have defined nationalities for the puppets (Thailand, Vichy, Manchuko, etc) and even Germany (who operated a handful of subs and surface raiders in the Indian Ocean).
Well, Vichy was not an axis puppet. Notably, Indochina army faced several time the japanese and the thai (1940, 1941 and 1945). Because of lack of support from the US and UK, a kind of compromise was found with Japan : french authority is maintained and Japanese forces are allowed to use some airfields and port. This was valid until march 1945 when some japanese divisions overrunned the remaining french forces.
Vichy more or less was a puppet in that they all buy had to do what the Germans told them to do.
So they were and they weren't. Vichy did not actively fight against the Allies (though they did initially opposed Operation Torch), and the French Resistance and Free French did fight bravely for the Allies.
Indochina was unique in that they had no hope of any outside support, so it was for the best to remain as neutral as possible.
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