File No. 840.48/532

The Ambassador in France ( Herrick ) to the Secretary of State


53. Received this evening following from Gerard:

Extremely urgent. September 8. German General Staff recommend that Americans leave Paris via Rouen, Le Havre. They will have to leave soon if they wish to.

To which I have replied:

I appreciate your telegram number 22. This Embassy has for some time past been advising Americans to leave Paris and many have already departed. As, however, I represent many important interests here I deem it imperative to remain together with my staff. Under all circumstances I feel satisfied that should German forces enter Paris, necessary measures will be taken to protect not only American property but other property entrusted to my care. Please communicate above to German Government.

Am taking immediate steps to urge Americans to leave Paris.