890E.00/169: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

2032. Due to interruptions of all means communications except military telephone Wadsworth at Beirut has requested that following message be sent urgently to Department:

“I am reliably informed that at 4:00 this morning French Marines and Senegalese troops arrested President of Republic and all members Lebanese Ministry; also that French General has signed unpublished decree appointing Edde President of Republic. Military review scheduled for this morning has been cancelled.[”]