800.515/568: Telegram

The Consul General at Algiers (Wiley) to the Secretary of State

515. From Murphy. Your 477, March 17, 11 p.m. Careful consideration has been given to the question of sending a French expert to Washington to participate in exploratory conversations regarding monetary stabilization in postwar period. The best qualified person whom the French would like to designate is Maurice Couve de Murville.23 Other possibilities are Hervé Alphand24 and Leroy-Beaulieu,25 but preference is decidedly in favor of Couve de Murville. However, his functions as Secretary General would not permit his [Page 1064] departure at the present time. I feel that unless this question is urgent, a decision should be deferred. What will be the probable date of these discussions? [Murphy.]

  1. Commissioner of Finance, French Committee of National Liberation.
  2. Director of Economic Affairs, French Committee of National Liberation.
  3. French Financial Attaché at Berne.