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French Assembly in Aisiers Will Decide Fate of Cremieux Decree

September 19, 1943
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The question of whether the Jews in Algeria shall have their full pre-war rights restored through reinstatement of the Cremieux Decree which was abrogated by Gen. Giraud, will be discussed by the French National Consultative Assembly, which will meet in November, it was stated today by authoritative French sources.

The entire question is at present in the hands of Gen. Catroux. French Governor-General in charge of Islamic Affairs, who is pursuing a policy of conciliation towards the Moslems. It is not believed that he is likely to suggest restoration of the Cremieux Decree.

It was emphasized in French circles here today that whatever Gen. Catroux’s attitude towards the Cremieux Decree may be, he will have to submit a report on this question for a full-fledged debate in the Assembly. The Assembly will then formulate its recommendation to the Committee of National Liberation. Though it is known that Gen. Charles DeGaulle supports the demand for the restoration of the Cremieux Decree, it is too early to predict what the decision of the Committee of National Liberation will be, it was pointed out here today.

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