740.00119 European War 1939/533: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

3537. The BBC picked up at 12:32 today following message given out by Trans-Ocean dated from Vichy:

“Pétain Government decides to accept Hitler’s terms for permanent peace and agrees to German Axis-sponsored Pan-European bloc designed to force Great Britain to end war.”

Foreign Office would greatly appreciate any confirmation or denial it might be possible to obtain to above broadcast from any authoritative source, particularly from Vichy.