740.0011 European War 1939/12407: Telegram

The Chargé at Tangier (Childs) to the Secretary of State

226. The same source30 mentioned in my 172, May 22 [23], noon,31 has reported to the British Consul General in Tangier31a as follows:

There is a more optimistic feeling among the friends of Britain and the United States in French Morocco. The Protectorate authorities are taking a very firm stand on German infiltration (we have of course our own confirmation of this). No more Germans are being allowed in the country. Moors who are so much as suspected of being in touch with Germans are being arrested. Two Moorish prisoners of war released by Germany to carry out propaganda in Morocco have been shot.

Weygand is stated to have demanded and to have obtained from the Marshal his own conditions before returning to North Africa from Vichy after the Cabinet meeting of June 3rd.

The most interesting feature about the foregoing is that it represents the first information my British colleague has given me in which [he] did not paint a gloomy picture of conditions in the French Zone in relation to the proposed program for economic aid.

Repeated to Vichy, Algiers and Casablanca.

  1. A French official at Rabat.
  2. Not printed.
  3. A. D. F. Gascoigne.