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j , / EXECUTIVE Qfl p r f fjrj June 10, M S FOR THE PRESIDENT SUBJECT: Conversation, Ambt»»»d»g Alphaad Xtm sure you will be interested la varioas c»m m «^f made to me within the past several days on his ear* tn ttiatifi by the Ambassador of France, w h o has jm t retarded from a vtatt to A u it. 1, Alphaad says the "poox relations between F n a c t aad America are a figment of the journalists is both V sA b g tn i rad P a ris .H He say* that among the people, outside G s w a a o ^ h t finds ao antiAm ericas sentiment in France aad little other thasi pro-France sentiment among Americans. **AII el & lti " he says. *1» salon talk among a limited number of people in o r on the fringes of m i Governments. 2. Alphand says, "Whatever is n i d la P a ris. F raace wiH always be with you w h o a we are needed. The average Frenchman knows this, just as the average American knows tt» Y ear President is being misrepresented by Ms p ress, so Is cay President •* except that my President has more trouble with cartoonists la. both countries than year President has In either eoaatry. Yha jORsraallsts want to keep alive the fight that was started before year Pros (dost became President - - and President DeGau&e kaows that President Johnson has discouraged the people in year Government from keeping that fight alive. " 3. Alp&and says, "M r. Martin made a speech H at has been badly reported in this country. If yea will read H carefelty. ha Is only saying that the W estern countries should look a t the international monetary situation aad its problems aad da some things about that which have not been done all through these post-w ar y ears. What Mr. Martin says — if yea forget his rem arks about 1929 — is only the same thing that General DeCaulle and M r. S«dK have been saying too. Alien General DeGsulle talks about gold standards* he doesn’t have a Connell of Economic Advisors gniding him oa what he says « ho just has Mr. &euff. The General does not know much aboat gold ior international monetary m atters. What he has asked lo r. I believe, is not a return to the Cold Standard as much as he has asked the allies toloo k fo r » better standard than whatwo bare now, 2 think safcay people ia your Government ( m 1 the same v t f . although they would not follow the sam e way that General DoGaaHo suggests. President Johnson has a line opportunity to take leadership la this field f ttt has been neglected by too many people in nsy C»| tttl and your Capital, too!. Commoat; I am sot sufficiently informed to make JdlgncBts about fills, hut soma of the Ambassador’s observations, made cm tad at his own initiative, seera to bo is the nature of a s o v a itirf. Perhaps ethers could explore this more usefully tad more Intelligently than 1. H orace Basby H B :e b