The Secretary of State to the Embassy in France
2891. Embtel 3934.1 Please ascertain Bollaert’s reaction to points made by Marie and Coste-Floret. They appear to be evading central issue of Cochin-China whose status as French Colony cannot be altered except by law of Assembly. Unless this status is definitively altered Baie d’Along agreement is in effect nullified. Saigon’s 42 July 6 to Paris2 pertains.
Sent Paris as 2891; rptd Saigon as 123.