President Roosevelt to the British Prime Minister (Churchill)77

538. For the Former Naval Person.78 Your 673, meets with my approval. Please send it as being from both of us.

Your 674.79 I have no objection whatever to your inviting De Gaulle and others of the French Committee to discuss your association in military or political matters; however, you must consider in the interest of security keeping De Gaulle in the United Kingdom until the Overlord landing has been made.

It is my understanding that General Eisenhower now has full authority to discuss with the Committee all matters on a military level. I do not desire that Eisenhower shall become involved with the Committee on a political level and I am unable at this time to recognize any government of France until the French people have an opportunity for a free choice of government.

  1. Copy of telegram obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.
  2. Code name for Prime Minister Churchill.
  3. May 12, 1944, not printed.