At the time of the Operation Torch landings in North Africa, Darlan had switched his allegiance from Vichy to the British and Americans and, consequently, had been recognized by them as the French governor for Africa.
The assassin, a French monarchist named Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle, was executed two days later by firing squad.
The Allies replaced Darlan with French general, Henri Giraud, who had the support of Eisenhower and the British and also of General Charles de Gaulle. Giraud would be one of France’s representatives at the Casablanca Conference in January, 1943.
Suspicion for the Darlan assassination fell upon the British intelligence service, although nothing was ever proven.