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Jewish Refugees from Algeria Arrive in France on Seven Ships; Many Aged

Seven ships carrying refugees from Algeria, including an undisclosed number of Jews, arrived in Marseilles today. Among the Jewish refugees are a large number of aged and social welfare cases.

Recent reports from Algeria indicate that less than 30,000 Jews remain there now. Of these, not more than about 2,000 are left in Oran. The vast majority of the Jews fled from Oran in the last 10 days.

The major French-Jewish welfare organization, Fonds Social Juif Unifie, has managed to cope with the tidal wave of Jewish refugees from Algeria. The Jewish refugees have been settled in a number of centers, including some in Alsace, Southern France and Brittany. However, a very large number of Algerian Jewish refugees still remain in Paris and in the capital’s immediate suburbs.

North African observers here believe that the Algerian situation, concerning Europeans in general, including the remaining Jews there, shows definite improvement. The reported agreement today between the opposing factions in the Algerian Provisional Government is believed to indicate an easing of the situation regarding the Europeans, including the Jews.

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