Memorandum by the Deputy Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (Allison) to the Director of That Office (Butterworth)

Mr. Daridan27 called to say that he had been in touch with Paris the telephone last night and has been informed that the French Ambassador in Nanking is being instructed to stay there and that the First Counselor of the French Embassy with suitable staff will proceed to Canton. Paris suggests that the Ambassadors inform the Chinese Foreign Minister that the Counselors are being sent to make preliminary preparations and that the question of the Ambassadors following will be for later decision.

As Daridan says, this is practically the same as the American position.

  1. Jean Daridan, Counselor of the French Embassy.