File No. 763.72119So/6

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


3525. Further in reference to my 3453, March 26, 7 p.m.1 The Foreign Office tells me that Mr. Clemenceau has attached much importance to our Government’s position in reference to this subject and looked upon it as strengthening the position which he had always consistently taken towards the Socialist movement in France. It was stated that as the Premier had been accused of taking advantage of his present power to adopt strict measures towards the Socialists on account of his long time opposition to them, the position of our Government, coming from a democracy recognized by the world as foremost in its influence, was regarded by him as a vindication of his position.

In connection with this piece of information I would say that under the stress of the present crisis on the front, even the most aggressive of the Socialist groups have evidently found it the part of wisdom, if not of patriotism, not to offer the slightest opposition to the Government.

  1. Ante, p. 174.