French ships were assigned to stay under French crews at the place where they were at the date of armistice.
They were allowed to keep armament , amunition and a daily quota of fuel to lead patrols of defense only of French interests and protection.
They were not allowed to participate or organize any action of war between belligerents still in war.
They were free to combat eventually uniquely if French interests were attacked.
That clear situation persisted to keep "no war status quo" until begining November 42 (2 years and half) when Germans violate armistice crossing metropole free zone few days later Alies Africa landing same dates.
If your hypothesis of a possible combat break with Germans that Churchill didn't want at that date between June to September 40 (Dates precision is very important), French ships were no more involved and had not to disturb Mediterranea foreign operations as far it wouln't be attacked in unchanged armistice articles.
To speculate more is fiction , not hystory .
: If the French line had held and they had
: fought on, but the British had signed a
: grovelling peace treaty with Germany (as
: Hitler expected and as many members of the
: British Establishment wanted) would the
: French have allowed the Royal Navy unimpeded
: freedom in the Mediterranean?
: I think not.
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