881.00/854: Telegram

The Chargé in France ( Whitehouse ) to the Secretary of State

419. Contents of your 290, October 20, 1 p.m. to London, repeated to this Embassy, brought to the attention of the Foreign Office today which gives verbal assurances pending written reply that American citizens in Tangier will continue to enjoy rights and privileges provided for in the Act of Algeciras.

Foreign Office informs me that French Government proposes to suggest to signatories of the Act of Algeciras that diplomatic agencies at Tangier be abolished and that consuls general stationed at Rabat be substituted. The signatory powers will besides maintain consuls at Tangier who will represent their respective governments in the internationalized local municipal administration.

The rest of the French program would appear to coincide with the statements contained in telegram no. 417, October 1, 6 p.m. to the Department from London Embassy.

Repeated to London and Madrid.