Germany’s occupation in parts of France brought much desperation to its people. In Clermont-Ferrand, the residents experienced significant misery. The region registered a decline in the production and distribution of consumer goods such as food, clothes, and shoes. Manufacturers like Peyronnet and others were unable to secure raw materials thereby increasing unemployment. There was also a significant decline in harvest which impacted the usual way of commerce, increasing the levels of poverty (Sweets, 1986).
It was, therefore, imperative that the people of Clermont-Ferrand compromise for them to earn a living in the depressed economy. The leaders instituted a system of distribution of necessities allowing for the equal sharing of suffering. There was also a power restriction due to the shortage of fuel. Additionally, they had to become innovative and create replacement industries. Farmers had to sell to the black market while city people began gardening to produce vegetables.
During the resistance, the contributions made by women were significant in the achievement of the objectives of the movement. They formed the foundation of the opposition by supporting the men with necessities for survival such as food and drink. The home became a natural recruiting camp while others in professions took advantage of the resources in the workplace to support the cause.
The participation of these women in the resistance reinforced conventional gender roles; the part these women played in the movement were extensions of the feminine roles at home and in the workplace. However, the notion of equality also mushroomed due to their significant contribution to the resistance (Higonnet, 1987).
Higonnet, M. R. (1987). Behind the lines: Gender and the two world wars. Yale University Press.
Sweets, J. (1986). Choices in Vichy France: The French Under Nazi Occupation. Oxford University Press.