740.00119 Control (Germany)/9–2745: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Caffery) to the Secretary of State


5749. 1. René Mayer, Acting Minister of FonAff told me at length this morning (repeating what de Gaulle and Bidault have often told me before) that French are very fearful indeed of all actions tending towards setting up a central government in Germany for they are fearful that such a central government will eventually be dominated by the Russians and they will have the Soviets on their frontiers. In this connection he spoke of the recent suggestion for setting up central offices for the control of communications and transportation in Germany. The French have an almost panicky fear of anything looking toward the setting up of a central German government.

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