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

229. Bonnet said to me today that he believed that even though Negrin might wish to continue, General Miaja31 would come to terms with Franco in the near future. He had reason to believe that Miaja was already in contact with Franco. Furthermore he believed that Miaja had informed Negrin that he would arrest him and imprison him if he should come to Madrid.

Bonnet added that he had received a message from former King Alfonzo of Spain in which Alfonzo had said that one of his sons would be put on the throne as soon as Franco was victorious and that France should not oppose this restoration since France should remember how friendly he had been throughout the Great War. Bonnet said that the son in question was Jaime.

Bonnet said that Berard had, of course, not been able to arrange to have France represented in Burgos by a commercial representative. It was too late to make any such arrangement. He had talked with Berard on the telephone and had gathered through a discreet conversation that Berard’s mission had been relatively successful.

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  1. In command of the Republican forces in Central and Southern Spain.