Secretary’s Memoranda of Conversation, lot 64 D 199, “August 1954”
Memorandum by the Special Assistant to
the Secretary of State (Hanes) to the Assistant Secretary of State for
European Affairs (Merchant)
The following subject was discussed during a conversation between the Secretary and Mr. Stassen on August 9, 1954:
Mr. Stassen pointed out that there were elements which would require a major financial and economic negotiation with the French some time in the fall. I said that at the moment I was anxious to create in France an awareness in high quarters of the extent to which they were dependent on the US. I thought this would be salutary from the standpoint of EDC.