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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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811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/486: Telegram
   The Ambbas8ador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                PARuS, February 17, 1937-1 p. m.
                              [Received February 17-10: 15 a. m.]
  226. Department's 85, February 15, 4 p. m., last paragraph. The
importation, production, distribution and sale of alcohol in France
is so closely regulated in the interest of national defense and revenue
as to amount to a monopoly although it does not- legally go by that
name. (See decrees on indirect taxes in Jomrnal 0ffiedl December 28,
1934, page 12857 and November 7, 1936 page 11622).
  Under the proposed decree therefore nothing to prevent bulk alcohol
originating in France or French possessions from being imported into
St. Pierre and freely exported from- there except the assurances of the
Ministry of Colonies that importations into the islands will be
restricted to actual consumption needs. The exportation of alcohol
from France is controlled by bonding system (article 100 page 12864
[12863] Journal Of/Iciel December 28, 1934) which should enable the
Ministry of Colonies to restrict exportation to St. Pierre.
811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/463: Telegram
  The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                PAus, February 17, 1937-11 p. m.
                                [Received February 18-1: 55 p. m.}
  234. Last night I communicated to Delbos 38 the substance of your
85 of February 15, 4 p. in. This morning Blum, to whom I had al-
ready spoken, telephoned and asked me to have a conversation with
the Minister of Colonies who called on me this evening accompanied
by his expert in the affairs of St. Pierre-Miquelon, Monsieur Merat,
Director of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Colonies. Merat,
who stated that he had been in St. Pierre-Miquelon in 1935-36, con-
ducted most of the conversation in behalf of the Minister of Colonies.
  He asserted that when he had been in St. Pierre-Miquelon he had
discussed the question of suppressing the contraband trade with our
Consul, Mr. Gunsaulus, and that Mr. Gunsaulus had approved fully of
the measures which the French Government now proposes to adopt.
He suggested that our Government should communicate with Gun-
saulus. He said he was confident that Gunsaulus would agree with
6Yvon Delbos, French Minister for Foreign Affairs

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