File No. 351.117/62

Ambassador Sharp to the Secretary of State


1224. Your 1317, January 15. French Government’s decision reported fully in despatch 1853, January 11. Kirghis stated to Embassy that he was warned by authorities in United States before sailing that he would be liable to military service in France. Records of Embassy tend to show that French Government, even in time of peace, has not departed from custom of requiring military service from those persons subject to it by French law notwithstanding naturalization of such persons. All requests based on similar circumstances presented by this Embassy since beginning of war have been refused. Believe further representations on behalf of Kirghis would be fruitless. Please instruct whether you desire additional action.