JMAS-136 David Bruce's diary entries - February 1952Documents from 01 February 1952 to 29 February 1952
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Remarks on: belief that unless the burdern of Indochina can be lifted somehow from France, it will continue to be a major obstacle to any worthwhile rearmament effort by France in NATO
French insistence on security controls in any contractual arrangements with Germany,French concerns over prospect of Germany seceeding from EDC and engaging on a national basis in a military venture rather than fears of Soviet agression
talk with René Pleven on a constitutional convention for a European political federation
Robert Schuman's suggestion for Europeanising the Saar politically while leaving it economically integrated with France,- Bruce is convinced that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is determined to bring Germany into the "family of Western nations",- talk with Jean Monnet on Saar and other contentious issues impeding progress on EDF,- prospects of fall of Edgar Faure's government because the European Army resolution was due to go before the Parliament. Bruce urges him not to resign. Resolution passed endorsing with reservations the European Army project,- his visit to NATO Council meeting in Lisbon where delegates spoke of French military situation, ratification of EDC report as presented by Schuman |French decision to increase military budget because of huge strain of Indochina war, Bruce states "...meanwhile my personal view is that US Government policy is too unsympathetic and unrealistic about France's plight and too pre-German especially in Pentagon circles".
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