HC Deb 30 September 1942 vol 383 cc746-7
6. Mr. I. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent His Majesty's Government provided facilities for, or approved of, M. Charles Vallin, Vice-President of the Fascist Croix de Feu, coming to this country; and whether M. Vallin has come to represent the Croix de Feu point of view in the Fighting French movement?

Mr. Eden

It would not be in the public interest to make any statement in regard to M. Vallin's journey to this country. As regards the last part of the Question, M. Vallin is one amongst a number of French personalities with whom the French National Committee have, it seems, desired to consult, but these consultations are of course the concern of the Committee, and I have no information to give on the subject.

Mr. Thomas

If M. Vallin has come here to represent the Croix de Feu, would the right hon. Gentleman approve of his presence and, activities?

Mr. John Dugdale

If facilities can be granted to M. Vallin, would they be granted to other people, like, for instance, M. Blum?

Mr. Eden

Yes; it happens, if my memory serves me right, that M. Vallin came here with M. Brossolette, M. Blum's secretary. The representative Governments or National Committees who bring these people here must take that responsibility.

Mr. Graham White

Is it not open to M. Vallin, like everyone else, to undergo a change of heart?

Mr. Eden

There is always more rejoicing, etc.