No real news. I see from yesterday’s paper that Chiappe has been elected president of the Paris Municipal Council, presumably under German pressure. So much for the claim that Hitler is the friend of the working classes, enemy of plutocracy, etc.
Yesterday the first drill of our platoon of the L.D.V. They were really admirable, only 3 or 4 in the whole lot (about 60 men) who were not old soldiers. Some officers who were there and had, I think, come to scoff were quite impressed.
 Jean Chiappe (1878-1940), Corsican head of the Paris police, 1927-34, was pro-fascist and responsible for severely repressive measures against the left. Elliot Paul, referring to his dismissal on 2 February 1934, described him as ‘one of the ringleaders of Petain’s Cagoulards, the hooded order conspiring for a fascist dictatorship’ (A Narrow Street, 1942, chap. 24). Peter Davison