740.0011 European War 1939/3973: Telegram

The Deputy Ambassador in France (Biddle) to the Secretary of State

26. My telegrams Nos. 20, June 18, noon, and 23, June 18, 7 p.m.9 Mandel also told me that he “greatly fears” that the French Fleet will be scuttled and I gathered that his confidence in Darlan whom he characterized with his usual cynicism as “an anglophobe like most French naval officers” is not unlimited. This feeling as to the fate of the French Fleet is shared by many here and emphatically so by the British Ambassador.

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