The French Yellow Book

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No. 317 :
M. Coulondre, French Ambassador in Berlin, to M. Georges Bonnet, Minister for Foreign Affairs. Berlin, August 31, 1939.

(Received by telephone at 11.15 p.m.)

I WAS summoned at 9.25 p.m. to the State Secretary, who gave me the following communication.

"I am instructed by my Government to deliver to you for the information of the French Government the two documents herewith." (These documents contained the proposals which Herr von Ribbentrop read to Sir Nevile Henderson on the evening of August 30 (cf. No. 315) and which the German wireless broadcast at 9 p.m. on the 31st, stating that the Reich Government considered them as having been refused.)

The first is a communiqué to the Press. The second is a German plan for the settlement of the question of Danzig and the Corridor and the German-Polish minorities problem."

On receiving these documents, I noted that they were given to me for information and stated that it would be on that basis that I should transmit them to my Government.

My British colleague had received the same communication at 9.15 p.m.


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