Washington (Feb. 2)
President Roosevelt today indicated his satisfaction with the progress made in solving, the Jewish problem in North Africa.
Queried at his press conference today on the political situation in North Africa, the President quoted at length from the report of an interview with General Menri Honore Giraud, High Commissioner for North Africa, written by Guy Ramsey for the London News Chronicle. He said it was sent him by the State Department and seemed a good statement.
Giraud was quoted as saying: “I have the Moslem problem and the Jewish problem and I am dealing with both progressively. I am not going to try to solve them by a stroke of the pen or a stroke of the sword. I know North Africa – I have made my career here – and I know that too swift reversals in this country mean trouble. I do not want trouble. The only trouble I want is for the Douche.”
In answer to a question, the President said he had not discussed with Premier Winston Churchill the appointment of Marcel Peyrouton as Governor General of Algeria, Peyrouton has been charged with initiating Vichy’s anti-Jewish laws and jailing many Jews and followers of Gen. Charles De Gualle.