Haight Jr., John McVickar
April 1966
Foreign Affairs;Apr1966, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p518
The article highlights United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt's efforts to rebuild French defenses against the imminent attack of Adolf Hitler's air power. French President Charles de Gaulle in discussing current Franco-American relations often focuses upon the prewar neutrality of the United States as well as upon his wartime differences with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In doing so he conjures up the image of an unreliable American ally. His recollections have also pushed into the background of public memory the two years before France's tragic collapse in June 1940, when former Premier Edouard Daladier, termed U.S. President Roosevelt a very great and noble friend of France. As Premier during those years, Daladier witnessed at first hand the American President's efforts to help France order some 4,000 American combat planes to rebuild French defenses against the imminent attack of Hitler's vastly superior air power. Roosevelt was ready to go as far as possible in spite of isolationist opposition to the delivery of planes to France because of his further conviction that, despite the Neutrality Act, the frontiers of the United States extended to the Rhine.


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