HC Deb 05 July 1944 vol 401 c1127
1. Captain Plugge

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government will associate itself with the Algiers Committee in agreeing to demand death penalties on all known German officers guilty of shooting, wholesale, men of the Maquis who have fallen, or may fall, into their hands.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

His Majesty's Government fully share the determination of the French authorities that all practicable steps shall be taken to compel the enemy to accord fair treatment to members of the French Forces of the Interior who fall into his hands. They take a grave view of this matter and are giving it their urgent consideration in consultation with the United States Government and French authorities.

Captain Plugge

Will my right hon. Friend make it quite clear that the men of the Maquis are really not in any way francs tireurs but form part of the regular army defending their country?

Mr. Eden

I think my answer covers my hon. and gallant Friend's question, and I would not like to go further until I have had an opportunity of consulting our Ally.

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