851.00/2475: Telegram

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

861. Your 1454, November 19, 6 p.m. and previous. The following statement is now being given to the press in Washington: [Page 469]

“According to reports reaching the Department the French Government has acquiesced to the express demand of Hitler to remove General Weygand from his post as delegate general of France, thus permitting a German control over French authority entirely outside of the provisions of the Armistice. As a result of these reports American policy towards France is being reviewed and all plans for economic assistance to French North Africa are suspended. It remains to be seen to what further extent Hitler will attempt to take over by force or threat of force the sovereignty and control of the French Empire.”

Repeat to Algiers.