851g.01/7–1548: Telegram

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

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3711. Pursuant to Deptel 2637, July 14, I took up Indochina situation with Chauvel this morning along lines Embtel 3621, July 9. He [Page 34] expressed keen interest, thought our observations were essentially sound, and was particularly impressed by our offer to make public statement approving French action after they have acted. He thought this would be most helpful. However, he pointed out the real and well known domestic political difficulties.

Sent Department 3711; repeated Saigon 28. (Department please repeat Saigon1.)

  1. This was done the same day.