The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake)

No. 596

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 484 of March 24, 1930,8 concerning the application of the French Residency General for the Department’s assent to the revised Dahir on “Patente” tax. After having studied the Dahir in question, the Department finds no objectionable elements therein except the one to which you have drawn attention, that is, the provision that a portion of the tax is assessed for the benefit of the Superior Council of Commerce and Industry from which Americans are excluded. You may inform the French Resident General that this Government consents to the application of the Dahir, dated December 12, 1929, to American citizens and ressortissants in the French Zone except for the provision in the Dahir mentioned above. You will, of course, add the usual reservations with respect to the jurisdiction of the American Consular Courts over infractions of this law committed by American nationals or ressortissants, and that the law will be effective only from the date upon [Page 742] which the notice of this Government’s consent is given to the French Resident General.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
J. P. Cotton
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