851.00/5–445: Telegram

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

4520. We were told at Foreign Office this afternoon that when word was received here of Laval’s arrival in Spain, British Embassy in Paris was asked to tell French Foreign Office that question of what to do with Laval was in the British view a matter to be decided between the French and Spaniards. Foreign Office says it was very pleased to learn through British Embassy at Washington that that was also Department’s view. British Embassy in Madrid has been instructed to impress British view on Spanish Foreign Office. Foreign Office adds that no information on French reaction to leaving this matter in Spanish and French hands has as yet been received here.

Sent Department as 4520 repeated Madrid as 120.