REPORT OF VISIT TO PARIS, SEPTEMBER 6TH - 8TH, 1936.
We left Plymouth on Saturday 5th, and reached Paris on Sunday evening. We left Paris on Tuesday afternoon.
We made contact in Paris with:
Officers of the L.S.I. ( Adler ) and I.F.T.U. ( Stolz )
French Socialist Party Office ( Severac )
C.G.T. ( Jouhaux )
French Foreign Office ( Vienot and Comert )
De Los Rios ( at Spanish Embassy )
Paris Correspondents of "Daily Herald" and Manchester Guardian"
The impressions which we gained from all these talks agreed very closely, though De Los Rios naturally approached the problem from a somewhat different angle from the rest. We have, therefore, succeeded in forming a pretty clear picture of the situation, which we shall try to convey.
Blum, on the Sunday night, made an important speech at Luna Park of which we have a verbatim report. Points from the speech are given below.
There is no doubt that Blum personally is a passionate supporter of the policy of non-intervention in present conditions. He spoke very clearly and courageously at Luna Park. He believes that his policy, if the embargo is effectively applied, will help the Spanish Government more than the alternative of free supply of arms to both sides. He believes that before the embargo was agreed to, the risks of a general European war were very imminent and grave.; that the acceptance of the embargo has greatly diminished the risk and that there is no evidence that since they accepted, Germany or Italy have broken their word.