740.00119 EAC/8–2644: Telegram

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


6970. Personal to the Secretary. In reading de Gaulle’s85 speech of yesterday,86 I could not help but connect it up with a letter written by the representative of the Free French in London87 to the EAC which I reported in my 6953.88 This impression was further strengthened by a call from Massigli this afternoon which was ostensibly to [Page 88] express his appreciation of the magnificent contribution made by our troops in France but which was in fact to support the contention of the Free French representative in London that under the changed circumstances they should be recognized as one of the four great powers in dealing with Germany. I told him I thought it was a time when persistence should be tempered with patience and that it would be well to inch along, which was a policy which at times you had followed with great success.

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  1. Gen. Charles de Gaulle, Chief of the French Provisional Government.
  2. For text of General de Gaulle’s speech at the Paris City Hall, August 25, 1944, see Charles de Gaulle, Discours et Messages, 1940–1946 (Paris, Editions Berger–Levrault, 1946), p. 476.
  3. Supra.
  4. Telegram 6953, August 26, 7 p.m., not printed; it transmitted a summary of the letter printed supra.