Société des Artistes Français, Salon 1914, P.-M. Dupuy, Portrait de Mlles de B. F.
Click to read Le Matin (Paris. 9 Juillet 1914)
(31150) No. 42.
Lord Granville to Sir Edward Grey. (Received July 10.)
The “Matin” of to-day’s date informs its readers that a small volume is about to appear in Paris entitled “La Politique allemande” and written by Prince Bulow. This volume has, so the “Matin” states, been translated by M. Maurice Herbette (of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and a preface to the translated edition has been written by M. de Selves, Ex-Minister for Foreign Affairs.
M. Herbette was Private Secretary to M. de Selves during the period when he was Minister for Foreign Affairs, namely, June 1911 to January 1912, a period which included the Agadir affair and the signature of the Franco-German Treaty respecting Morocco and French Equatorial Africa…..
The “Matin” follows up its announcement of the forthcoming publication of the volume above-mentioned by reproducing one of its chapters headed “LaFrance irreconciliable.” The gist of this chapter is contained in the last sentence where Prince Bulow quotes some words used by a French Diplomatist to an English Minister to the effect that so long as Alsace-Lorraine was in the hands of Germany the French people would never cease to look upon the latter country as their “permanent adversary,” and would only consider another nation as their “accidental enemy.” The “Matin” publishes in a parallel column the preface written by M. de Selves. I have the honour to transmit to you herewith an extract from the “Matin” containing the chapter by Prince Bulow and M. de Selves’ preface.(1)
The “Temps” of yesterday evening also had an article in which Franco-German affairs were mentioned. The article begins with a criticism of M. Jaurés who had spoken in the Chamber against M. Poincaré’s forthcoming journey to Russia (a platonic manifestation which the Socialist party are in the habit of making when occasion offers, against the autocratic regime of France’s ally) and goes on to suggest tht the Socialists
The article in the “Temps” lays great stress on the fact that France, not having made war on Germany to recover her lost provinces, was bound to endeavour to regain her diplomatic position in Europe. She did so by creating a group of Powers who were independent of German influence. If M. Jaurés’ suggestion for an énlargissement of the French system of alliances and entente were listened to, it would, so the “Temps” declares, amount to the destruction of the system built up by France. “Une entente politique avec l’Allemagne,” it continues, “annulant l’effort de quaranteans et d’asertant les voies a notre diplomatie a retrouvé lasecurité et la liberté aucun Français conscient ne saurait y souscrire.”
The article concludes by an emphatic assertion that France has no alliances nor friendships upon which to fall back (“alliances et amitié rechange“) should she abandon her present ones.
I am, &c.
(1) Not printed.