110.11 DU/5–2754: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Dulte 125. Repeated information Paris 341. Bidault gave me following account of his trip to Paris yesterday:

He had gone for only one purpose—to get mad and raise hell. It had worked and French Government had decided to act in national interest of France; that is to say, it would stand fast at Geneva and send reinforcements to Indochina. Reynaud was, nevertheless, continuing to demand capitulation and Bidault might have to go to Paris again tomorrow. Laniel was firm but Bidault himself had to do most of the talking. His opponents were having fine time insulting him but he was confident their actions were costing them thousands of votes with public opinion. I hope he is right.