852.00/8920: Telegram

The Counselor of Embassy in Spain ( Thurston ), Then in France, to the Secretary of State

1206. Best information available indicates that complete collapse has occurred in Catalan area, and that rebel forces probably are now in Figueras. President Azana was seen here this morning and is reported to be in Paris. Negrin is said to have reached Madrid area.

It also is reported that all restrictions have been removed at border and that Loyalist forces will be permitted to enter France throughout the night for internment. 85,000 refugees are understood to have entered France already and arrival of remnants of army will probably raise this figure to about 125,000.

Alvarez del Vayo is expected to come to Perpignan tonight and I shall endeavor to see him.