HC Deb 04 August 1926 vol 198 cc2969-70
2. Captain FAIRFAX

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to instances of insults and violence having been offered to peaceable British travellers in France; and, if so, whether he has made, or will make, any representations on the subject to the Government of the French Republic?

The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Austen Chamberlain)

I have seen in the Press an account of one such incident, but I have not yet received the Report for which I called from the British Consular Officer concerned. I am confident that we can rely on the French authorities to take whatever steps are necessary for the protection of British subjects visiting France.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he saw in the account of this incident that an English lady was injured by a brick being thrown, and the French authorities do not appear to have taken any steps in the matter?


I can make no statement on the facts until I receive the Report from the Consular Officer which I have called for. I think there is some reason to think that the accounts in the Press are very much exaggerated.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it not a fact that, in view of the large number of foreign visitors of all nationalities to France, these incidents are very few and mostly have been greatly exaggerated?


I think so. I am sure they are deplored by no one more than the French people and the French authorities.