651.116 Nitrate/16: Telegram

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

261. Your 200, May 12, 6 p.m. I am advised by Acting Commercial Attaché that the decree referred to was issued May 7. For details [Page 259] and text see Acting Commercial Attaché’s cables to his Department numbers 256, 260, and 261.39

Mr. Reagan has the assurance of Minister of Agriculture that there will be absolutely no discrimination. I assume therefore that if the Barrett Company apply along the lines detailed Commercial Attaché’s cable No. 260 they will be given every opportunity to continue in the market.

There is no indication that the measure is aimed at American imports but is designed to give the French a stronger hand in nitrogen negotiations now under way in Paris.

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