500.A15/209: Telegram

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

146. Your 93, April 12, 4 p.m. I do not think a press campaign under these circumstances started for postponement of the Conference. French press has from the beginning been extremely skeptical of any practical results being accomplished and the Soviets’ refusal to take part increased this. Several papers then expressed the opinion that it would be wiser to postpone, but that no one would dare to make such a proposal for fear of displeasing the United States.

There has been little comment recently.

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