851D.001/22: Airgram

The Consul at Cayenne (LaMont) to the Secretary of State

A–41. Reference my telegram No. 25 March 23, 7 p.m.56 and telegram No. 286 [287?] of March 26, 1943 from Singer of the Army, Paramaribo, to Singer, [sic] Cayenne for Colonel Le Bel and the American Consul, Cayenne, which was repeated to the Department and which quoted a message from General de Gaulle to Sophie, Mayor of Cayenne.

Yesterday Mr. Sophie showed me a copy of a telegram which he sent to General de Gaulle in the name of the temporary committee, requesting him to withdraw the nomination of Bertaud as Governor of French Guiana inasmuch as with the arrival of Rapenne the colony now has a Governor.

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The temporary committee disbanded upon the arrival of Colonel Le Bel and only met yesterday to agree upon the above mentioned telegram.

  1. Telegram No. 25 not in Department files. The Department transmitted it to the Office of Strategic Services.