740.0011 European War 1939/167971/6: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)


5318. Your 5547, November 20, noon. Personal from the President for the Former Naval Person.

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  • “2. With regard to the Weygand situation I am taking steps to bring forcibly before Petain the disastrous consequences of any action with regard to the authorities in North Africa which would result in aid to Germany. Leahy reports that Petain himself informed him that Weygand’s removal was solely due to German pressure under the threat of complete occupation of France. Petain also told Leahy that Weygand will not be replaced in Africa, that no other changes of official personnel there will be made, that General Juin will be appointed Minister of War, and that the high military command in Africa will be administered from Vichy.
  • 3. You have probably already seen that we have suspended all plans for economic assistance to North Africa and that we are reviewing our whole policy toward France.”