By the German tanks rolled into Paris, 2 million Parisians had already fled, with good reason. In short order, the German Gestapo went to work. While Parisians who remained trapped in their capital despaired, French men and women in the west cheered-as Canadian troops rolled through their religion, offering hope for a free France yet. The US did not remain completely idle, though. On this day, President Roosevelt froze the American assets of the Axis powers, Germany and Italy.