Monday, September 14, 2015
ADSS 1.122 Valeri to Maglione: French reaction to Pius XII's speech
ADSS 1.122 Valerio Valeri, France, to Luigi Maglione, Sec State.
Reference: Telegram number 8973/278, AES 5887/39
Location and date: Paris, 25.08.1939
Summary statement: Pope’s peace message has been well received in France as well as FDR’s message to Victor Emanuel III. France has taken last measures for mobilisation.
If we leave out L’Humanite, and it it right to do so, the entire Press, including the Populaire which carries an article by M. Blum (1), today reports favourably on the moving address of the Holy Father to the Rulers of the peoples and to the peoples themselves. (2)
Mr Roosevelt’s message to His Majesty the King of Italy has also been reported with the same sympathy. (3)
These two interventions have rekindled a ray of hope in the minds of the people. The Government, however, continues its preparations as if war were imminent. Yesterday evening all the citizens, whose presence in Paris was not necessary, were invited, to leave the city is they so wished, and to take advantage of train services which still run regularly.
(1) Leon Blum (1872-1950), former French Prime Minister 1936-37, 1938. Leader of the socialist Popular Front.
(2) ADSS 1.113.
(3) DDI, series 8, Volume 13, n185, pp 123-24.