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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

France,   pp. 275-318 PDF (16.0 MB)

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  While the foregoing was being dictated, the Acting Commercial
Attache reported that he was called on the telephone by Alphand,
Director of Commercial Accords at the Ministry of Commerce, who
told him that the last word in this matter did not rest with the Min-
istry of Agriculture, that the Ministry of Commerce was actively
working on it with the National Economic Council and that they
hoped to be able to find some solution satisfactory to our fruit people.
Reagan is calling on Alphand at the latter's request late this after-
noon and we will report further following this conversation.
611.5131/1736: Telegram
  The Amba8sador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                      PARIS, July 28, 1937-3 p. m.
                                   [Received July 28-1:07 p. m.]
  1063. Reference last paragraph our 1062, July 27, 9 p. m., the
Director of Commercial Accords stated to Reagan that in his view
the primary requirement under present conditions for the marketing
of American fruit here is the suspension of the license tax while of
course at the same time efforts should be made to correct the license
system so as to place the licenses in the hands of the real importers.
He stated that for political reasons it would be impossible for the
Minister of Agriculture to suppress immediately and permanently
the license taxes. He believed that the best solution would be for
the French Government to suspend the license taxes on apples and
pears as from a specified period this fall until the conclusion of the
current season, that is until June 30. He indicated that the dates
of October 31 for pears and November 30 for apples might be utilized
as an "out" for the Minister of Agriculture vis-a'-vis local agricultural
and political pressure on the argument that the agreement permits
him to increase these taxes by 50%o from July 1 until the dates cited;
that while he had not employed this power he had under consideration
the taxes at the actual level during these periods and that having
afforded this protection to the French producers during the most ur-
gent period of their marketing he would be justified in suspending the
taxes thereafter in order to facilitate the utilization of this quota
thereby preventing a repetition of last year's fiasco. At the same time
the French Government should give definite assurance to our Govern-
ment that the licenses will be distributed among those who are qualified
as real importers. He stated that he intended to recommend the fore-
going program immediately to the Minister of Commerce and to the
Minister of Finance.
  I request that the foregoing be kept as strictly confidential.

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