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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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411.5131/1674: Telegram
    The Amba8sador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                  PARIS, January 15, 1937-11 a. m.
                                  [Received January 15-10 a. in.]
   64. Bastid, Minister of Commerce, asked me to call on him and I
,did so yesterday. He said that he and the French Government had
been greatly shocked because our Government in Washington had
rejected almost with contempt a French proposal to inaugurate further
conversations for mutual reduction of tariff barriers.
  I replied that I knew of no special conversations on this subject
Pexcept the one between Assistant Secretary of State Sayre and de
Laboulaye 2 on December 30 and asked Bastid if he were referring
to that conversation or to another. He was unable to specify.
  He then went on to ask why we were displeased with the working
-of the trade agreement. I replied that we thought the trade agree-
ment was working excellently for France but not so well for the
United States and pointed out some of the obvious effects of French
devaluation following the line of Sayre's conversation with de Labou-
-laye as reported to us in your telegram 557, December 30, 2 p. m.3
  Bastid then asked me if there were any specific complaints which
were especially irritating. I replied that I had not come to him pre-
pared with any full and detailed list of complaints; that I knew my
Government was very much disappointed with the working of the
-agreement with regard to a number of matters.
  Merely as an example I could refer to the . . . procedure of the
French Government with respect to licenses for apples and pears . . .
I called his attention to the fact that under numbered paragraph 7 of
the protocol France had agreed "voluntarily to facilitate, so far as
lies within its province, the full utilization of the quotas at present
allotted to or which may be allotted hereafter to the United States."
  1For text of reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and France,
signed at Washington, May 6, 1936, and related notes, see Department of State
Executive Agreement Series No. 146, or 53 Stat. 2236; for correspondence,
Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 85 if.
'Andre de Laboulaye, French Ambassador.
'Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. iI, p. 98.

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