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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. Europe, Near East and Africa
(1934)

France,   pp. 167-214 PDF (17.5 MB)


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FRANCE
EFFORTS TO SECURE RATIFICATION BY FRANCE OF THE CONVEN-
  TION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FRANCE ON DOUBLE
  TAXATION, SIGNED AT PARIS, APRIL 27, 19321
811.512351 Double/179a: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Straus)
                             WASHINGTON, January 27,1934-4 p. m.
  41. We have been giving careful consideration to certain of the
suggestions you expounded orally in Washington for improving
Franco-American relations, but feel that they do not sufficiently take
into account the sentiment existing in this country with regard to
many of the French trade policies and particularly to the French
Government's failure to push the ratification of the double taxation
treaty. It would therefore be of interest to receive any intimations
you may be able to give as to French intentions in this matter.
                                                             HELL
811.512351 Double/184
Memorandum by the First Secretary of Embassy in France (Howell) 2
  On February 20th, I called to see M. Campana 3 at the Foreign
Office with regard to the French ratification of the double taxation
convention. I showed him a recent extract from Time, the American
weekly magazine, to the effect that there had been included in the gen-
oral tax legislation by the House of Representatives a provision author-
izing the President, in his discretion, to increase by 50% income taxes
on any foreign corporations whose native countries impose discriminat-
ing taxes on American companies.4 It was stated in the article that the
act was retaliation against France on account of its double taxation.
M. Campana had already informed himself about this legislation and
on February 1st the Foreign Office officially communicated this infor-
1For text of convention and protocol, see Foreign Relations, 1932, vol. II,
p. 268.
2Copy transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in France in his
despatch No. 678, March 1; received March 15.
'Cdsar-Rizio Campana, Minister Plenipotentiary and head ad interim of the
commission tripartite des economies.
4 See 48 Stat. 680, 703.
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