Position of Jews in North Africa Has Been Worsened, Gen. De Gaulle Says

Gen. Giraud’s orders have worsened the position of the Jews in North Africa, it was emphasized here last night by Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who indicated that he is dissatisfied with the abrogation of the Cremieux Decree.

“We have seen in North Africa a period in which racial laws have been solemnly condemned, while the regime applied to the Jews there has become at the same time more rigorous than before,” the leader of the Fighting French declared last night at a reception at which he discussed the political atmosphere surrounding his proposed meeting with Gen. Giraud.

This was the first public statement made by Gen. de Gaulle concerning the treatment of the Jews under Giraud’s administration. The statement was taken to mean that the question of the rights of Jews in Algeria and Morocco, and in postwar France, would be brought to Gen. Giraud’s attention by Gen. de Gaulle at their forthcoming meeting. The French National Committee, which de Gaulle heads, had previously expressed its opposition to Giraud’s revocation of the Cremieux Decree.

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