The Ambassador in Spain (Hayes) to the Secretary of State
[Received 9:20 p.m.]
181. Problem of French refugees growing more serious daily. Absolutely essential from both political and military point of view we give adequate relief to these Allies of ours who cannot be expected to look to Vichy for relief.
Most refugees seeking to reach North Africa. Many are trained fighters including generals and other high officers. Our problem is not only maintaining them but transporting them to North Africa.
Urgently request $100,000 be made available immediately. My 171, January 23, 11 a.m.14
- Not printed; it indicated that it was imperative that the United States assume responsibility with North African regime for care and evacuation of French refugees loyal to that regime (852.48/1417).↩