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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

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FRANCE
AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES MODIFYING THE PROVI-
SIONS OF ARTICLE VII OF THE CONVENTION OF NAVIGATION AND
COMMERCE OF JUNE 24,18221
651.0031/13
The French Charge (Chamnbrun) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Translation]
WASHINGTON, March 9, 1919.
MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: In view of the new conditions which
must necessarily grow out of the war with respect to international
economic relations and in order to secure full freedom of action in
negotiating future agreements, the Government of the Republic has
decided to denounce the Commerce and Navigation treaties by which
France is bound with the Allied and Associated Powers as well as
with the neutral countries.
I need not say to Your Excellency that this measure of a general
character is in no wise prompted by a spirit of mistrust or exclusiv-
Asm. France is not in the least seeking isolation or self-centering.
She wishes, on the contrary, to be free to shape the mode of her
foreign relations so as to suit them to the development she wishes
them to take, while harmonizing them with the experience gained in
the war and the new conditions created by it.
The existing regime must in any event stand until a new regime
can be substituted, so there is no fear of any interruption in the
intimate relations that bind France to the United States.
That is the spirit which pervades the instructions I have received
from the Government of the Republic to give to the Federal Govern-
ment notice of the termination of the Convention of Navigation and
Commerce, concluded between France and the United States on
June 24, 1822.
Under my Government's instruction the notice is to bear date of
this tenth day of March 1919, so as to become operative, six months'
notice being the time stipulated by the Convention, on September
M or text of convention, see Hunter Miller (ed.), Treaties and Other Inter-
national Acts of the United States of America, vol. 3, pp. 77 ff. For correspond-
ence relating to the abrogation of art. VI, see Foreign Relations, 1916,
pp. 39 ff.;
no reply to the Department's note of Apr. 12, 1916 (ibid., p. 40), was ever
received.
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