851.6363 Import Law/12: Telegram

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


57. Embassy’s telegram No. 48, February 17, 8 p.m.,48 and despatch 8343 of February 18. The following favorable change has taken place since then:

Prime Minister Poincaré and Foreign Minister Briand, appearing yesterday before the petroleum committee of the French Chamber of Deputies, opposed the objectionable amendments to the petroleum importation bill which had been adopted by the said committee.

M. Briand, especially, took a very strong position which was fully in accord with his previous assurances to me.

American and British oil companies may, as a result, now be heard on Monday by the committee. The amendments having been withdrawn by their committee authors, the bill in its original form will come before the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday.

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