740.0011 European War 1939/5773: Telegram

The Consul General at Casablanca (Goold) to the Secretary of State

143. The navy is greatly elated by its victory at Dakar; the convoy of vessels to Bordeaux and to Marseille is to be resumed; the Richelieu now capable of making 18 knots, two cruisers and some destroyers left [Page 594] Dakar soon after the British retired and have not yet returned; the third cruiser is here; there has never been such feverish air activity here as now; 24 British subjects taken at random have been interned; more German port commissioners have arrived, and the Japanese Consul has assured a French staff officer that if the British should ever act in Indo-China as they did at Dakar, the French could count on Japanese support.