WASHINGTON (Dec. 11)
Thousands of French Jews who survived the Nazi period will be among the beneficiaries of a French-German agreement to pay war claims to French citizens on a more liberal basis than before, it was reported here today.
According to the report, France will pay such claims to French citizens who were living in France when a recently promulgated French-West German treaty took effect rather than restricting such claims only to those who were citizens at the time of loss Claimants will be indemnified from a 400,000,000 mark ($100,000,000) fund provided in the agreement between the two countries.
The agreement makes France the eighth nation to provide war damage payments for present citizens as well as those who were citizens at the time of loss. The others are Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The United States policy still restricts payments to those who were American citizens at the time of loss.