Propaganda to France.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 28th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

asked the Minister of Information whether British propaganda will now be directed to arousing the democratic and revolutionary spirit of the French people, urging them to defy the orders of the Vichy Government, to refuse to pay taxes, and to take every opportunity of revolting against Admiral Darlan and his fellow Ministers?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

The hon. Member may be assured that there is no lack of vigour in our propaganda to France. Our view of the policy adopted by the Vichy Government is made abundantly clear to the French people, who are continually urged to manifest their extreme disapproval of the course to which they are being committed.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Is the Minister aware that public opinion is rather exercised over the fact that, until recently anyhow, our attitude towards the Vichy Government has been rather weak and conciliatory and is believed to represent the atmosphere prevailing in the Foreign Office?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

I would recommend my hon. Friend to listen regularly in the course of a week to our broadcasts in French.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Will the Minister consider having broadcast now the statement made by General de Gaulle in Brazzaville, last December, and in London, in February, which the French people have not yet heard?

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Am I to understand from the answer that the Government are carrying on revolutionary propaganda? If so, I shall be pleased to assist them.