Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State (Grew) to the Secretary of State

top secret

French Embassy on February 3 presented formal note stating that French Government intends to address solemn warning to German Government cautioning latter against maltreatment or reprisal measures against French prisoners of war and deportees in violation of international law. French Government believes such warning would be more likely to be effective and might save thousands of lives if issued by Governments of the United Nations as a whole. Embassy is seeking clarification to ascertain whether warning will be worded to [Page 956]apply to all United Nations nationals instead of only to French nationals if suggestion is approved.

Above is for your information in event matter is raised at Conference. If matter is not dealt with at conference, I will take it up here with War and Navy Departments.