740.00119 E. W./6–2545

No. 357
Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State

Memorandum of Conversation

Subject: United States–French Relations

Participants: The French Ambassador, Mr. Henri Bonnet: Acting Secretary, Mr. Grew.

The French Ambassador called on me this morning and took up first the request of his Government, presented in the appended aide-mémoire,2 that we instruct our Ambassador in Moscow to keep the French Ambassador3 informed of developments in the work of the tripartite Reparations Commission. The Ambassador pointed out once more the interest of France in the whole subject of reparations and the feeling of his Government that a French representative should have been included in the Commission especially in view of the great sufferings which France had endured during the war. I said to the Ambassador that I would immediately give consideration to his request and that in the meantime he was well aware of the position we had taken that we would like to have France included in the Commission and that our position in principle had not altered.

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J[oseph] C. G[rew]
  1. For other extracts from this memorandum, see documents Nos. 99, 616, and 637.
  2. Not found.
  3. General of the Army Georges Catroux.