851.00/2–448: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Gallman ) to the Secretary of State


429. While discussing a number of questions with Sargent1 today I said to him that any developments at this juncture threatening stability of French Government would give US concern. Sir Orme said that Foreign Office would view such developments similarly. In fact, when franc devaluation discussions were going on every directive to negotiators had been accompanied with caveat that matters were not to be pressed to point where Schuman Government would be overthrown. Foreign Office, he added, adhered to view that any weakening of Schuman Government at this time would be very serious development.

Sent Department 429; repeated Paris 35.

  1. Sir Orme G. Sargent, British Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.