[vish-ee; French vee-shee]
a city in central France: provisional capital of unoccupied France 1940–1942; hot springs.
(often lowercase) vichy water. Unabridged
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Vichy (French viʃi, English ˈviːʃiː)
Latin name: Vicus Calidus a town and spa in central France, on the River Allier: seat of the collaborationist government under Marshal Pétain (1940--44); mineral waters bottled for export. Pop: 26 528 (1999)

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in ref. to collaborationist government of France, 1940, from the name of the city in department of Allier in central France, famous for mineral springs, seat 1940-44 of the Fr. government formed under Nazi occupation headed by Pétain.
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town, Allier departement, Auvergne region, central France. It lies on the east bank of the Allier River. Vichy is the chief spa of France. The town, largely modern and with a profusion of hotels, is separated from the river by parks surrounding the two extensive bathing establishments.

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