Winston Churchill to (Harry Hopkins) (June 17, 1940)

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Telegram of June 17th/1940


Your telegram 1011.

You will see (from) H. PETAIN’s broadcast how fast things are moving.

2. In view of President's Willingness as expressed in your telegram No. 1011 to act as we had suggested in regard to making transfer of French fleet to us a condition of his willingness to act if he had been approached I hope that he will put immediate pressure on the French Government in no circumstances to fail to send the fleet to British ports before armistice is concluded.

3. Petain has acted in complete disregard of our stipulation and we can have no confidence in further action that he may take unless he can be stiffened to act up to principal condition on which we gave our conditional assent.

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